In preparation for the Women’s March today, I look back on some poems I have written about the experience and the honor of being a woman.
Tomorrow and on the days that follow, we must not lose our resolve as women, as human beings. Too many have sacrificed for our sake, for the rights we enjoy today that are now in grave danger.
I march today so these sacrifices are never forgotten.
We are some miracle, I think
on lonely days, that we come
back to time and place lips
on fresh wounds, bury problems
asunder even though they bleed
through the spaces of our unsteady hands.
I wonder at the places we’ve been
in our minds, the fantasies that they
can never hope to satisfy, the climactic
utopian visions we imagine of sex and
peace and religion. The epic visions of our faith.
Simple, possible unity leveled by an unruly gang
carrying testosterone and wealth.
If only the world of banks could
live in our minds, what wealth
to spend, what passion to eat.
If only they knew what was good for them
what a wonderful world it would be.