Juxtapositions

It’s been a week of contrasts–Wednesday a luminous, inspiring poetry reading by Ada Limón at Seattle Arts and Lectures, and Friday’s news of Donald Trump’s remarks about women. This morning, my daughter and I were talking about his comments and rape culture (and many other things), and later I was left with this:

For Our Daughters

It is not an accident
days after the poetry reading,
when I hear that man brag
of unrequested grabs and kisses,
that Ada Limón’s poem
about fillies and triumph
still rings my head like a starting bell,
and my ears are up,
but pounding down the backstretch
today I don’t want the horse’s heart,
not even the lion’s. No, give me
the heart of the spotted hyena
or the wolverine’s, all teeth and fury,
where the Past can’t hide in tall grass,
and my jaws are dripping with it.

 

(The poem referenced is the amazing How to Triumph Like a Girl, from her book Bright Dead Things.)

 

Facebook Twitter Email

Tags:

2 comments

  1. alice capshaw’s avatar

    Wonderful, wonderful poem Joannie! I love it.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Mary Ellen Talley’s avatar

    Perfect connection between Ada Limon’s poem and what Donald called “locker room talk”. Lovely poem.

Comments are now closed.