This is part of a larger sequence called "Angelus": the third of the three poems.

among women

what of all the girls

who had thoughts

who read books

who asked questions


who got periods

who didn’t get periods


who sucked unfiltered smoke into their lungs


whose tongues shoved ashtray language

into the open mouths

of all the boys & other girls

who ached & burned for them


what of all the highschool girls

who knocked back Jim Beam

who drank tequila & ate the worm

who listened to “Paradise by the Dashboard Light”

& “Piece of My Heart”


what of all the undergraduate women

whose dates didn’t listen

when they said no

when they yelled stop


what of all the women

laughing after work

as they cluster on Beachfront Drive


women of beer & bravado

women of seasalt & sarcasm


happy to be alive

because it was August

& too hot

for the petty frigidities

of a cramping religion

Poetry by Uncle Meridian The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2022-06-13 at 03:43

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Just getting on with things I guess, day after day, doing what needs to be done, unsung, except for your words of acknowledgement x