Irene Plax

Irene Plax 

Inspiration Piece


Irene Plax


My tia asked me why I didn’t dance with anyone at the New Year’s Eve party. She told me it’s bad luck not to dance, and whatever you’re doing at midnight is how the rest of your year will be.

Everyone knows I like guys, even if they don’t talk about it. My tia doesn’t know that I talked to seven different guys, or that I shimmied up two different palm trees early that morning to collect as many coconuts as I could, or that I kept the sharpest machete for myself so they would have to ask me to cut them open and I could watch them drink. Even if they only stayed by me a short time, I know they liked being watched.

So maybe I wasn’t dancing like everyone else, but I was making my moves. This is my year.


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