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 of fierce love        of astonishing forthrightness

daughters who will never be unheavened


you shall have names that engender wonder


Hyacinth       Melpomene       October





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





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!

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! :)