Whispers and politeness try to seep into this fire.
A female born into a world of prescriptions,
each written out by tenuous hands,
hoping the pen and violations
will be enough to silence.
My allegiance has never been
more solidly aligned to my sex,
those rogue females who left
the oppressive contents
of the gender script,
risen from ashes,
by those who claim liberation.
Because I hold onto my wild heart,
and the intellect I have acquired
on my own account,
passed down from the female unseen,
coldly placed on a shelf,
Regardless, I always have access to this
Myself, whole and human
I remain to dance
Reminding you of a time
All those centuries
of female divine recognition,
honoring of those born,
innate power of her sex.
She needn’t adorn but for herself,
heals firm to ground,
in this menses thirsty world,
of her sacred sovereignty.
Have you forgotten?
Domination and gender were written
to fit neatly together.
Created by an easily threatened class,
held firmly in place
by green bills used to name your worth.
Shake one and you shake the other
Dismantling the collaboration.
And these things are less powerful than you,
who was created by females.
You who are the primal lineage
that inspires both envy and awe.
For too long only envy saw you.
But I see you in full.
I see the woman who baffles the norms
and threatens the bills,
Watched when you tore open the sky
and drank into your heart.
I see the woman who cuts her boundaries clean
while caring for the dying and young.
I see you doing the work,
yet valued less for it by those
who name you Crazy
fearing your intuition,
your unfettered passion.
But they who lessen, measure
have surely gone mad,
cut dry to the bone by a linear system
that skims only surfaces
While you are rich and from the roots
of everything lasting.
You are the one who is emulated
and then told how to act,
what to say
and how to be cool.
You keep on with your head high,
and sometimes feel alone in that place
How rare to fiercely be unto oneself.
But I see you clearly,
invoke the circle that holds you.
Never forget to ask for me
when you are alone on that mountain top.
I am there,
always when you ask.