Poem-A-Day Challenge

I’ve taken on Robert Lee Brewer’s Poem-A-Day Challenge this month (http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides).  It’s a fantastic way to crank out the words and get new ideas flowing.  Some poems will probably be duds, but the fun is finding the firecrackers along the way!  Feel free to join in!  Check out Writer’s Digest’s Poetic Asides blog daily in April for each new prompt, and add your poems to the comments section at the bottom.

Today’s prompt was “Since (fill in the blank).”  Here is my go at it:

Since I’m a Girl

and this is the deadliest country

on earth in which to be one

 

and since I somehow survived

the unhallowed womb

and the horror on the faces

I saw as I popped out

 

and since nobody’s namaste-ing me

because what aspect of the divine is there

in me to salute

 

and since I’m an unwanted loan

to this man and woman until

dowry-day and bogey-woman

 

mother-in-law, fire in her eyes and hands

to scorch me for being me (and her)

 

since all this

is true (listen!)

 

I’ll try not to make

a noise

 

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