To Be Full And Free

What if
You didn’t have to be beautiful
What if
You just were
Your emerald
Sapphire and
Cats eye
What if you knew
That the folds of silk
And sand
And warm toffee
Were all that mattered
The feel and the taste
The joy
Of the breath in and out
What if those years
Leaving you spent
The counting and
The shrinking
And control
What if
You could claim them back
For your mother
And your daughter
And you
What if you could
Use that time
To build and strengthen
Dance and sing
Hold and love
Learn and live
What if
We all did that
Every woman
Our world would
And should
Be full
And free

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No Love On File

Showing no love for this child
Only wanting and need
A file bound In bedspreads
Of cotton and fleece
A gun cocked
A pin pulled
And thrown to the winds

There wasn’t a love
Only games of toy soldiers
With no power to take
An artillery
Of secrets and lies
That would not be fought
Could not be breached

The was no love
In the using
And abusing
The hurt and the heat
Of the twenty four hours
The seven days a week
The twelve and the three six five

There was no love
Save the path in the woods
It was seen for the trees
And the gentle and calm
Settled on a new note
When the words were heard
The Nightjar cried out

And she called from her tree
You are finally free

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Starfish Boy

The faint blue line
Signalling your journey’s start
Was a storm in my skull
Maelstrom of fear and energy
Excitement and terror
The pale grey vortex
Dipping in and out of focus
A beat showing your reality
And the first butterflies
Of spring sung in your bones
The jabs to my ribs
Solidified you
And now little starfish
You lie outstretched
My bed occupied
By wiry limbs
Chubby fists
Feet across my middle
Hands flopped on to my face
You took up every inch inside
Expanding into your world
Like smoke
Now at large
Into every corner you’ll travel

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My Honeysuckle

A ridgeback on my front
And then all at once
Mounds of senses
Tendered prime cuts
While Gravity pulled
Meat hooks through flesh
Tugging down
And the rounding
Built you
Developed you
So I chopped you back
Like brambles
As Ivy
A fearless farewell
To my suckling days to come
He sliced, scooped
And put you on a scale
Left and right
To balance
Stitched me up
Without warning
The life was grown
A few inches north
And you grew back
The bramble
My honeysuckle

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Dear Lauren

One little voice
Of a nightingale called
Out into a pitch black world
The chorus not yet played
And another joined
And then more
The strings and the wind
The brass and the wood
An orchestra echoing
The combining
Spoken and recorded
And played on repeat
Their words heard
Down on paper now
Laws enacted
Changes to the score
In place and lived

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Queens Of The Mountain

I couldn’t get to The Mountain
So you fearlessly brought it to me
Placed me at its foot
And said climb

You showed me where
And how
You pointed at who
And what I must do

My footing never sure
You never explained why
The reason for the journey
You wouldn’t tell me why

Why the mountain
Why the need for the mountain pass
Why the need for counsel
Why the need for you

I scaled midway up
Had an ariel view
And I found the answer
Staring down to the upturned faces

All battling with the rock
Some on ledges
Others tumbling down
The first steps always guided

While the whirling blades
Were abseiling them in
Dropping those men
Onto the summit

Landing atop surveying us
While we climbed and climbed
With barely a toehold to start
Exhaustion taking us at the peak

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Naming Dead Women

A Haiku for @CountDeadWomen and National Poetry Day

Name our loved ones lost
Women murdered day by day
Stolen, theft by men

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