You think feminist and hope it applies.
You hear feminist and want to hear me quote something furious
and profound always quick and on the tip of my tongue
addressing and including everyone marked with the double-X:
us daughters of cain.
but what I want to say is not PC because I too have been
taught and told and marketed and still I am inclined to believe
my grandmother knows more about being a woman
with her scrapbook of wedding photos, that holocaust bride
waving to herself in the pearl mirror,
who went on to survive every member of her family
(the men going first)
her grief poised and dignified and ex-
her mourning period unending/more a woman
than any pierced and fidgeting barista
head shaved beneath her bandana
overcharging me for coffee and space to clear my mind
but again here I am just how they taught me
comparing and disdaining
I will not stop paying 19.99 plus shipping and handling for
each new European hair removal device
HAIR OFF SMOOTH AWAY LASER THIS MOTHERFUCKER
even when you tell me how I have internalized the patriarchy
how it lives inside me now.
I will wear my skirts short and I will happily admit that both of the following
are true: sometimes it is terrible, these noises shouted each time you leave
your house and sometimes it is liberating to be called beautiful with no
You hear that I am a feminist and you want answers
and also to know that I am certain of them and together we are unshakeable stoppable.
here: what I have for you
is this poem.