Archive for July, 2010

a letter to my unborn children

Posted: July 21, 2010 in Poetry

there are four of you inside of me,
four of you named and waiting for escape.

i worry about my sons and the world
and how it thinks they’ll have it easier than the girls.

they’ll only have it easy if they take
the challenge to die for easy pleasure and association.

and they’ll have to worry about me
when i teach them to want more than outside coddling.

the girls will have it easy now
because they will not be taught to nurse and grieve.

the girls will have it easy now
because they will learn to plant and harvest instead.

my little babies who may never leave me,
if you decide to meet this earth with eyes shut and mouths wide

i want you to know this:
you start out planting and you will never stop planting when you leave
or when i leave.

i will learn to bring a being into life
so that when you get here, you won’t fear me or the flowers
i have kept waiting for you.

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ani[mated](fe)mal(e)s

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Poetry

i am not a girl
no nor woman neither
i like smelling clean
just soap and lotion
and i like clothes
that fit so well
i seem naked free
walking in daylight

i dance to feel
not to draw wood
i walk to get places
not to get chose
i eat for pleasure
not to fit fashion
i love to live
i know nothing more

i am not a girl
no nor woman neither
shoes ground me
to my earth-soul
my skin is grass
hilly and pebbled
sun-baked and supple
brown and wide

my home is life
not a dress
my home is life
not a spouse
my home is life
not a career
my home is life
not a child

i walk outside
and i shout to live
i am my own
i am my own
i am my own
i am my own
i am not yours
i am my own

ribbons

Posted: July 19, 2010 in Poetry

these legs
lace around you in extravagance:
you are my favorite christmas gift.
honeyed gristle in the mornings
to be showered in
sweet dew is your name.
i christen you in my arms
as you whisper it into my throat.