Women see each other

Once we realize we’ve been taught to judge ourselves against one other


We just stop

Women watch and wait for the signals we send

With our eyes and stances,

Phrasing and pitch and pointed glances

Women intercede

When we glean that things

Are out of step, we step in, up, and forward –

Wardens of our personage

Aren’t you beautiful, love

Who checks to see if I am good before walking on –

Call this something like a song

For womanhood



Know Better

Think you know better

Than me

Who honors my body daily?

Who wears this skin

Who knows what my smile means?

Think you know better

Than me

Who can name every scar

Who wakes and sleeps in this

What is mine, by right of birth

Think you can say what’s best

For my being

Sure you know better

Than me, who carries on

Even after a storm

Even feather-worn

Think you know better, really?

Well think again.