"What do you plan to do with your one, wild, precious life?" -Mary Oliver

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Women With Face

She used to wear jeans
on the street
and leave her hair loose.
Then the religious schools
financed by the Saudis took the boys away
and sent back men who throw stones.
They cut off the clitoris in Africa
and heads in Afghanistan
in amphitheaters filled with cheering men
who used to fly kites
and were not afraid of a women
with a face wearing jeans.

4 comments:

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Wow, very powerful.

Yvonne said...

Thanks, Tricia.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Gave me goosebumps and I wanted to cry. awesome.

catherine dodge said...

Wow...gave me goosebumps and tears.