Friday, June 6, 2014

Letter Home

It's hard to exist in a place
that isn't.  It's hard to be
where nothing's been.  But, no one is
unkind; just insistent.
Womb
is war effort.

I am a Rosie
Reproducer; a
pin-up girl for patriotic
replenishment.
No one is unkind; just insistent.
Labor is love.

So far, I've had two girls.
Both were healthy, so I'm making
difference. No one is ever unkind
just insistent.  Delivery is destiny.

A letter for Corey's prompt at Real Toads

15 comments:

Susan said...

Devastating. Reminds me of Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale.

Herotomost said...

Wow MZ, that was amazing. the repeating lines a railroad spike rusty and sharp, driven with ease and little effort into societies soft belly. This has less of your razor sharp sarcasm and more of a cudgel dipped in hard to swallow truth. I love reading your work, it makes me happy.

XOX,

Herotomost

Kerry O'Connor said...

This cuts to the chase for any mother, who sees her children turned into cannon fodder for whatever regime she lives under.. Girls not really what they're after, so keep trying until you have sons fit for drafting.

Devastating protest poetry.

Sylvia K said...

No one says it/writes it better than you, MZ!!! Thank you!

Fireblossom said...

From Hitler youth to "close your eyes and think of England", this scene has been played out since time immemorial.

Hannah said...

This is rugged and striking...your stark language and repetition are so effective, Mama Zen.

grapeling said...

flavored 1984 for me, with the truncated language. chilling ~

Grandmother (Mary) said...

The real reason boys are favored. Scathing commentary.

Ella said...

This theme is old as time. Sad and haunting-you write the best protest poems! It is heavy with the weight of reality~

manicddaily said...

Agh. There is a robotic quality to the cadence that is particularly poignant. Thanks. . K .

ccchampagne said...

A masterpiece, don't know what else I can say to this dark, stark and strong piece that can be read in so many ways...

Other Mary said...

Very reminiscent of A Handmaid's Tale. Outstainding MZ!

Helen said...

Powerful .. sobering .. hard hitting.

Susie Clevenger said...

Stark truth that seems to replay over and over...Mothers supply their children for war...Will it ever end?

Sioux said...

Short and sweet or short and scathing. You do brevity better than anybody I've read...