April 30, 2005

Poem On Your Blog - Saturday

For me, no mention of poetry for "Poem on Your Blog" weekend would be complete without honoring Audre Lorde. She is the inspiration for my site and a great writer. I've been a fan from the very first moment I saw her -- at a book signing for "A Burst of Light."

Who Said It Was Simple

There are so many roots to the tree of anger
that sometimes the branches shatter
before they bear.

Sitting in Nedicks
the women rally before they march
discussing the problematic girls
they hire to make them free.

An almost white counterman passes
a waiting brother to serve them first
and the ladies neither notice nor reject
the slighter pleasures of their slavery.

But I who am bound by my mirror
as well as my bed
see causes in color
as well as sex
and sit here wondering
which me will survive
all these liberations.

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde
The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde

Posted by ronn at April 30, 2005 08:35 AM

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