April 9, 2016


We are still working

Hard – filing away

The shackles of Patriarchy –


Wondering where to drop

Them without littering

The world. But if

We talk too loudly,


And point it out, well,

We are whining and complaining;

Angry feminists all.


Once Helen Keller

Wrote a story and it

All was a rehash

Of something she had

Already read with her hands.


I wonder,

Is everything we

Do under a paper doll

Shadow of men.


This is poem #56 from the  Poem (almost) Everyday Project. Starting in mid-January 2016, I decided for one year to wake mornings and write a poem before my first cup of coffee on each day that I didn’t teach. I was working part-time then, so in the end I wrote 241 poems.  These are second drafts of  those pieces copied directly from my journal with minimal editing from their “vomit draft” state.