A Woman Speaks Out

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #294

Words:  single, grin, slack, trim, shell, handle, strap, can, undo, live, vent, cheer

She is venting, a trim single
woman, a mother, orating to loud
cheers at the band shell. Concert
For Peace has ended; all voices
are welcome to be heard. Can she
handle speaking before a crowd?
Yes, she can. She is allowed
to protest after losing two sons
to a useless conflict of non-
ending blood and death. She takes
a breath, begins a diatribe
against her government officials,
elected and appointed. Holds up
photos of grinning leaders that care
nought for her sons, only for power,
bought and sold. Cheers again.
Feeling more alive than she has
in months, she is emboldened. Cold,
stark images she paints with words
will not undo damage, old or new,
nor solve her strapped situation.
Yet, slack-jawed, her audience
sits silently waiting for truthful
words from this mother of two dead.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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4 Responses to A Woman Speaks Out

  1. 1sojournal says:

    Story is healing, but especially so when it comes from the individual who lived it. Thank you, for this one,


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  2. MYRNA ZACH says:

    very moving



  3. So touching!

    Here is my poem:
    complexity of sanity

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