Sunday, February 19, 2017


Found hanging by her chastity belt
from the apple tree
in the garden,

a girl schooled in Creation,
but not in how she might create

and become a host to a ghost of cells,
or how her mother's face would harden

till she didn't recognize her,
or how her father would turn away.

When explaining the reasoning behind his bill that would require women to obtain written permission from her sexual partner before obtaining an abortion, Oklahoma State Representative Justin Humphrey described a woman's body as the "host."

For Poetry Pantry at Poets United


Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Powerfully tragic poem. Incredibly unfeeling remark by authoritarian male.

indybev said...

Your words are passionate and powerful. I often think what a shame that men cannot become pregnant, so they might understand the laws they write.....

Susan said...

Host! And that is totally retro, medieval in fact! Unless it is something holy served up on an altar--but either way, this young one hasn't a chance.

Sherry Marr said...

Yes, that remark just slayed me, as did the remark about "making women be more responsible", never a word about men's responsibilities, now how "responsible" a woman is for being raped. We are back in the dark ages and it is so disgusting. But hell, no, we wont go.

Sioux said...

Oh, using the term "host" seems quite normal for the times. It was 1817, right?


Susan Anderson said...

Abortion would never be my own choice, but that quote bothered me as well.

Sanaa Rizvi said...

This is so very poignant!

grapeling said...

that piece of shi!t. and Pruitt, cut from the same diseased cloth. how they sleep I don't know ~