IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH

Updated: Mar 4

Masks, Trumpets, Gris, Gris and Us


what of women like us

undefinable

women taught to

love men feverishly

be August humidity and

fried fish smell on them

taught to be

Bourbon Street

Saint Charles elegant

Desire Project

broken bottle

sharp, dangerous?


what of women like us

haunting

lullaby, hurricane

tornado

women

taught to wear chapel veils

to play Bach with our eyes

secondline with our hips

carry razors, bibles

bouquets of thorny roses

to sweeten the air with

desire, death or

us women

dancing

laveau dancing women

taught to play

blackjack, roll dice

shoot pool

bet on us women

taught to ride

the Mississippi’s crest

kiss the sun and name

our unborn children

after undiscovered planets?


what of women like us

who are strange enough

to be desired but

too untamed

to ever be

possessed?


Copyright©1996 jonetta rose barras

From the collection The Corner is No Place for Hiding






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