The reader may discern allusions to Tracy Chapman, Toni Morrison, Emily Dickinson, Elizabeth Bishop, Mary Oliver, Gwendolyn Brooks, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Edna St Vincent Millay, Marianne Moore, Julian of Norwich, Heather McHugh, and Jane Kenyon.




Daughters

1

 

daughters of fierce love        of astonishing forthrightness

daughters who will never be unheavened

 

you shall have names that engender wonder

 

Hyacinth       Melpomene       October

 

 

2

 

you will wield sceptres of science and sublimity

you will enthrone yourselves in poetry and passion

 

all nations will hang upon the promise of your praises

 

the earth will quake at the thought

of your tender condemnations

 

blue comets will blaze amid the hairs of your head

 

coffeehouses and cathedrals shall be built

on avenues whose sidewalks sing

beneath your footsteps

 

 

3

 

your name is sacred Crossroads

your name is holy Song of Solomon

your name is blessed Debauchee of Dew

 

let the nations exalt you Geography III

let all tongues proclaim your praise Wild and Precious Life

let heaven and earth rejoice in you We Real Cool

 

we glorify you Scattering the Proud

we tremble before you Sweet Sounds O Beautiful Music

we bow before your majesty O To Be a Dragon

 

daughter of clemency Merciful Keeping

daughter of splendour Hinge & Sign

daughter of ineffable sweetness Let Evening Come





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Written on 2021-05-30 at 07:18

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josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Bravo, Tom!
2021-05-30


Bibek The PoetBay support member heart!
A befitting tribute to all the great and powerful women writers and singers and artists of the world. Nicely done, Tom! :)
2021-05-30