Creative | Posted by Sonia L on 10/15/2010

Blazing Stink of an August Sidewalk

Blazing stink of an august sidewalk. My fingers my eyeballs are grey with the newsprint of this morning’s sins and a heavy shamed sickness knowing I am born with Certain Inalienable Rights: to have legs. To speak read write words on a page to love without fearing the circle of empty faces bodies hating reasonless shoulder to shoulder, sure in blamelessness hands grope for stones. Would they break my glasses first? Or my breasts, badge of my station, proof in the flesh of my wickedness. The fashion models have blood in their hair.

They told me I was my own to give or not. They loosed my foremothers from their ovens handed them ballots and birth control But I was created unequal The girls who I was not born learn to cast their eyes down and walk feeling the catch and drag of invisible shackles on their ankles And when the light tells me to walk I feel it too.

And the girls on the newsstand have the eyes of dead things

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  • Seth @ at 12:34 am, October 16th, 2010

    If you hate being female so much you should have a sex change and become a man.

    Remove those burdensome breasts “the symbols of your station.” You poor poor female, so weak, helpless and vulnerable. I don’t feel sorry for you one bit.

    However, I wouldn’t wish being a woman on anyone. To be so self loathing and dependent on men for your very survival has got to make you feel powerless and to blame others for your “oppression”.

    Where would you be if you didn’t have men to provide to you? Women would surely parish. I mean women can’t even pay for themselves on a date.

    They act coy and wait for the man to insist. Women survive by eliciting protective and provisionary responses from males and government. They act coy, childlike and helpless just like your poem.

  • Steph @ at 12:39 am, October 16th, 2010

    This is actually amazingly written. Ignore anything that may have been posted as a comment prior to this one.

  • Katherine C. @ at 1:52 am, October 16th, 2010

    This feels very stream-of-consciousness; however, it also feels like you put a lot of thought into it, and so found a happy medium.

    And ignore the troll. He hates; that’s just what he does.

  • A @ at 6:57 am, October 16th, 2010

    This is an utterly excellent piece; disregard the first comment.

  • Camille @ at 3:29 am, October 18th, 2010

    This is stunning, I love it!

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