May 14, 2016

A series of poems responding to stupid things some men say. 


If you are a woman

And you are voting 

For Hillary, then 


You must be voting 

With your vagina. 


The men with signs

Say so. How

Could you not 

Support the latest,

Old, white dude?


She is a liar –

though evidence proves she is more 

honest than a single one of her male competitors-


And scandal ridden –

no matter how manufactured each accusation

grew through repetition and branding – 


We know, however, that 

For any woman to rise

This close to that


Ceiling of shells, obsidian

And clear to clouds,

She must be


This is Poem #78 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.