Her body is sultry, sexy, I'd like to unravel her with my tongue, taste her pores, pleasure her for hours. Josephine is unapologetic as she describes why she had an abortion and how it was truly the right decision for her. The poem describes the life the child would have had, before continuing: "I would have made sure I was a good mother to look up to. When golden eyes no longer glow, Well, Josephine says it's time to take history back: "This is her story. It feeds my heart, my soul, my spirit, and I am at peace. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. What will be your reaction if you were her? It reflects the greed of the lady. Poem Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman wrote literary works promoting women’s rights and women’s suffrage; she’s perhaps best known for her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” which appeared in 1892. She was very talkative and was often punished by her maths teacher. Part of HuffPost Women. Now make fast the door. That ever was in the West Country. Author: unknown I think of you at noon when the … Little known during her life, Poor old lady, I think she’ll die! She was a Phantom of delight has three stanzas with ten lines each, … “Now, if you don’t know black features, you may think she’s laughing, but she wasn’t laughing,” Angelou continued. From the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. Eventually, she landing on the perfect words for the moment. I think the dead are tender. Views: 577. I just wrote this poem for my love and was wondering if I could get get your honest opinions about it. And could you rate it on a scale of 1-10? I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. / I think shes special, / with her A's and B's on everything she does. I am not ashamed. In joyless girlhood working for her bread. We live in a world where dozens of laws are proposed each year to regulate women's bodies and control their choices, where states repeatedly try to shut down legal abortion clinics or enact 72-hour waiting periods for abortion, where it's OK to raise money to ban abortion, but not if you really need to have one, and where people not only scream and throw things at people walking into abortion clinics, but where the Supreme Court refuses to even make them stand at a reasonable distance. She loved her grandma and often thought of her after her death. And yet in spite of all of this, choosing to have an abortion is not something that should have national implications, or some sort of political action. I was a child and she was a child, In this kingdom by the sea, But we loved with a love that was more than love— I and my Annabel Lee— With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven ... poems, and critical theories, which established a highly influential rationale for the short form in both poetry and fiction. It is a very interesting poem because we need to read it twice or more to catch the real tone and story. Is I think the world of she. "To choose a life for herself, a path for herself. Maya Angelo through her poem entitle “When I Think about Myself” has shared the voice of her people and result of the process of thinking or musing life. Nearly five years later, she is now doing a bereavement counselling course, and has written how this poem helped her and how she reads and re-reads it to make sense of the whole tragedy. #YesAllWomen because I was taught to scream "fire" instead of "rape" because it increases the chances of someone coming to help. "I am not ashamed. It would be great if you could suggest a title too. In her 2010 song ‘Your Love,’ she says, ‘When I was a geisha he was a samurai.’ I thought for months she was saying ‘glacier’ and was disappointed when someone corrected me. Published at the web's largest poetry site. Thanks Mom . It is said that William Wordsworth wrote this poem for his wife, Mary Hutchinson. Poor old lady, she swallowed a spider, It squirmed and wriggled and turned inside her. She is also a twin, and, until she begins to find her voice, a secret poet. Jun 29, 2017 - I think this may be my first “she” poem, in a sense Happy Wednesday. Do you think she would love it? I'm just a 13 year old boy so don't expect me to be professional. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. She was a Phantom of delight has three stanzas with ten lines each, … I think she sleeps: it must be sleep, when low Hangs that abandoned arm toward the floor; The face turned with it. Log in or Become a Member to comment. She sometimes worries too much, She was quite mature for her age, for she knew that no one would have time for the thoughts of a 13-years old. ©2021 Verizon Media. S tacey surprised me continuously, and not the least of those surprises was discovering she wrote poetry. 466 votes. Don't turn into that guy women/girls hate. I’m sorry, but you came at the wrong time," the Glasgow native proclaims. She … I know she was a she and I think that she would have looked just like me." Half-fed. It was because of this maturity that she could not confide in her friends. Of each new pain as keenly as your own. When I think about my mum, I just can't help but smile; Her own troubles she'd set apart, To go for me an extra mile. Maya Angelou was always a slave when she was young, she worked in peoples houses all her life, and still did at the age of 60! Questions on 3am 1. O'Meara's resultant poem reads like a cross between a proverb, Instagram poem, and, if you're feeling optimistic, psychic prediction. Poor old lady, I think she’ll die! Roven on November 10, 2012:. At her first poetry slam when she was only fourteen, Acevedo recalls performing a poem about rape. For all the things she took. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. We, however, have different ways to think of our life. Later in his life, Wordsworth said about SShe Was a Phantom of Delight: “it was written from my heart”.The poem is a lyrical ballad with an AABBCCDDEE rhyme scheme. From 1963 to 1966 Angelou was involved in the black civil rights movement. Just break it off nicely. She was named Best Female Poet-Performer in the Sacramento News & Review Reader Poll (2009) and was winner of the first poetry slam in Placerville, California (2012). This last generation probably a little bit older than you, the men or boys are not like they were in 1950, be that good guy. To choose a life for herself, a path for herself. She published work to her blog, The Daily Round. / I thin. She Was a Phantom of Delight was written in 1803 and published in 1807. Now, twenty-five years later, she and celebrated chil To one young narrator, it's the simple things that mean the most, like sharing laughter with a friend, taking family rides in the country, and kissing her mama's arm. She lived somewhere where both of these things were possible. She makes space lonely with a lovely song. The people she worked for didn't give her any respect even though she was old. She woke up, dressed and went her way. She explored, as children do, and notes how the dirt tasted like “beets”. Or black?The mother looks at her child.The newborn looks back.Skin dark as charcoal,Light brown eyes,What a sight!But wait,No. Do you think she would like it? ", Josephine perfectly sums up the message behind her poem, proudly stating: “When I become a mother it will be when I choose.”. In particular, she saw poetry’s ability to speak to dark, complex themes. And think of her as living. Written 1981. Everything she said sounded like a song, every silence was the music too.” ― Akshay Vasu ... you think you know her but she hides herself behind her smile the right one can hear the pain in the sound of her laughter the real one can feel the Lucas Lazar 24 August 2015, 03:48. She's been an angel from the start, Gentle, wise and versatile. Be careful with your choices on who you break bread with. She also loved to study music, dance,and drama. Sreejith V on December 02, 2012:. Poetry Genre: Song. 'I Think She Was A She' Proudly Proclaims There's No Shame In Having An Abortion. If you received a poem from a woman, would you be turned off or on? What a gifted man was Edgar Guest - his legacy lives on. Whatever you give a woman, she will make it greater. I am not ashamed.". Answer the following questions in 8-10 sentences: Question 1. If she but sighs, a bird puts out its tongue. I think it’s an ‘indoors poem’ that wants to be an ‘outdoors poem.’ The title is a misheard Nicki Minaj lyric. But I think she was ready that last day and just took God's angels' hands and went to heaven. How does the form or structure of the poem change in the section titled “3 a.m.”? It wasn't illicit at all. Sometimes she is profoundly lonely. Rate this poem. Epitaph On A Friend. She adored her father. Goddamnit this is my story and it will not be written in pencil and erased with guilt. The poem “A Grave” is presented as characteristic of the prose rhythms and discursive manner of Moore’s poems, including their use of expository language without meter or rhyme. 2021 Bustle Digital Group. It's a deeply emotional, personal choice that women make based on their own unique circumstances. Memorial, Baptist, Protestant birth—my girl. Waiting for her return, Waiting for her “TO” return. Pesch, who contracted COVID-19 in November but recovered with only mild symptoms, was working in the intensive care unit just before Thanksgiving when she saw a scene play out between a critically ill COVID-positive patient and a fellow nurse that signified to her the sacrifices of the pandemic. Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. From the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. The cakes she ate looked too small to her. (b) The cakes appeared too large to be given away. When you were. She's angry, She wants to be free, but the cage is locked, no way out, Here is the key to her heart, Give her happiness back, Tis' all she wants So give it to her, her heart was broken, she's being teased Let her be FREE! She couldn’t sacrifice even a wafer-like cake for anyone. It will be written in pain and spoken in courage. I do have a thing for him. Sleep on: it is your husband, not your foe. Treat her like a queen; she will treat you like a king, and don't cheat on her. She spent time working and time outdoors exploring. She works with her family to do laundry and keep her clothes clean but she also found her way into the cool dirt. She took the hands that longed to hold her child and not let go, Used them to push her child along the way, to thrive and grow. Waiting in the dark, dark nooks Of the streets she took. “I would’ve supported her right to choose. Honest answers please. Untaught of woman’s worth. I Think She's Drunk Poem by Elia Michael.I think she's drunk, I really think she's drunk For comments such as hers are meant to hurt; To what depraved behaviour has she sunk? Little did she knew, People would be waiting for her. "And the people stayed home" envisions quarantine as a kind of reset. And you–oh you, who the wildest yearn From the old-time step and the glad return– Think of her faring on, as dear In the love of there, as the love of here Think of her still the same way, I say; She is not dead, she is just away. Through her work, she explores monsters found both in the everyday world and in mythology. She Was a Phantom of Delight was written in 1803 and published in 1807. In the slam poem “ I Think She Was A She ,” spoken word poet and performance artist Leyla Josephine recounts the abortion she had as a teenager and the cultural shame she’s been constantly confronted with ever since. POLLAND: I think - like all artists and all humanists and all historians, I think she would resent her poem being shaped into a simple policy statement. And think of her as living In the hearts of those she touched For nothing loved is ever lost – And she was loved so much. Now will I pour new light upon that lid, Full-sloping like the breasts beneath. beautiful poem. She couldn’t part with anything. But beauty vanishes, beauty passes; However rare -- rare it be; And when I crumble,who will remember. Poor old lady, she swallowed a fly. Maya Angelou wrote this specific poem called; “Phenomenal Women”. Comments. She adored her father. After reading the poem and article, tell us what you think — or suggest other Times content that could be matched with the poem instead. She's just a special little case and makes me smile. 4 comments. She … She took time to do some other things, like sew and clean and cook, And never thought to ask for thanks. “But I worked with a very kind producer, David McNee (formerly of The Paul McKenna Band) who bolstered my confidence and worked hard to get the best out of me, and I think he has,” she said. A beautiful poem. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote! By the time this poem was written she would certainly have been considered a … By the way, I think she might like me. The old ones, through long use, have softer grown. James Whitcomb Riley. I reach my hand, my foot, any body part will do, to touch you and breathe you in. Now will I pour new light upon that lid, Full-sloping like the breasts beneath. Early on, she recognized the inherent power of language. I really like this girl and she's the kind of girl who likes poetry so i decided to write here a poem. What is she?What is she?High Yellow? I’m so sick of keeping these words contained. She took those kindergarten tears and kept them inside. She lilts a low soft language, and I hear Down long sea-chambers of the inner ear. I have a beautiful daughter..But I always remind her you beauty is complete when you are beautiful from within..She would say ok mum I know ok. I sent a poem to a man about music and the poem was really passionate, and I know he loves music. Here lies a most beautiful lady, Light of step and heart was she; I think she was the most beautiful lady. “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men. & she do & she do & she do & she do She do take my hand a while longer. I think for 13 you're a very mature young man. David Harkins 1959 –. Reply. They are far superior and always have been. She is a “spoken word and performance artist” best known to pro-lifers for a remarkable performance in cognitive dissonance known as the poem “I think She was a She.” Her “slam poem” (as it is called) carries the logic of “I am not ashamed of my abortion” to its logical endpoint. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. A Gentle Wind, She Blew Me Softly, And She Knew To Toss Me, And She Knew To Boss Me Freely, And I Moved, And I Loved Her With A Love That Was Above Anything I Could Think Of..... Poem … I found a unique joy when I gave her this poem, because she immediately recognized I had ripped off the idea from one of her poems. About the Poem. You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. I would’ve died for that right like she died for mine. Shall we kiss? She knew that no one would understand her need to keep a diary. In this poem she imagines what it would feel like to put girlhood and spinsterhood behind. What do you notice about the punctuation in this section? She always seems to know, When things aren't going too well, Even when I try to pretend, Just a glance and she can tell. Now make fast the door. How do you find it? You can remember her and only that she is gone. Its needs must be, since she lingers there. In the slam poem "I Think She Was A She," spoken word poet and performance artist Leyla Josephine recounts the abortion she had as a teenager and the cultural shame she's been constantly confronted with ever since. It is said that William Wordsworth wrote this poem for his wife, Mary Hutchinson. its really nice poem.. kathryn1000 from London on December 23, 2012:. She wasn't expected to pass away that soon as they gave her years yet to live. COHEN: The book wasn’t completed at the beginning of quarantine and I kind of thought it was done and then my editor, who’s fucking amazing—her name’s Deb Garrison, she’s everything I want to be when I grow up—was like, “I think you should write some quarantine poems. I think she was ready to go. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. The poem “England” is read as a defense of American culture, in opposition to the Eurocentricism of Eliot, Pound, and other modernists. Silloth, Cumbria, UK. She read it at her funeral (which unfortunately I could not attend). Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri, is a writer,and she is known for many auto-biographical novels and she also writes poetry and essays. The haunts in my pocket I’ll keep to a hum: Katrina was a woman I knew. She ardently declares her power over her body as she reminds us that a woman exercising her right to choose is not uncommon -- and should never be shamefully brushed under the rug. & she do & she do & she do. "I don’t think we’re used to it at the volume that we’re seeing," she said. Today is National Voter Registration Day! Anne was very caring and loving. Ellen Brenneman ***** Golden Eyes. When this poem was first published in 1978 in Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, Eloise Greenfield reminded us that love can be found just about anywhere. The grandma’s ability to live life according to the dictates of her heart is appreciable. 2. She was a genius in climbing trees and had climbed a tree when she was sixty-two. Do you think he'll have a clue that I have a thing for him? All too often in this country and around the world, abortion is treated as something inherently political, something radical and radicalizing that's part of a conflict on a national scale. Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. 'Sweet dove, Your sleep is pure. Sleep on: it is your husband, not your foe. Walked away from a hurricane. Half-clothed. She do make my river An ocean. (c) At last, she decided not to give away any cake to St. Peter. She loved her grandma and often thought of her after her death. Our story. Like 0 Pin it 0. Most days I think about her and hope that she is proud of me and my life as I now understand all the lessons she taught me. Sounds perfect Wahhhh, I don’t wanna. She added, " Whenever I wrote a song and asked her for feedback, she always asked why things were a certain way. Rate this poem. Because the truth is that this is a human issue, about human people making a difficult choice, whatever the choice may be, and demonizing them or their decisions, ignoring the humanness of it all, does no one any good. All rights reserved. “She was a poem and a painting too. Which is why it's always wonderful when people come forward with a narrative that humanizes the issue — when Wendy Davis talks about her decision to terminate a pregnancy or when a woman films her own abortion to show how un-horrific it is. Later in his life, Wordsworth said about SShe Was a Phantom of Delight: “it was written from my heart”.The poem is a lyrical ballad with an AABBCCDDEE rhyme scheme. I think she is beautiful, I see a pretty smile, a comfortable relaxed fit, and a sense of humor. I can remember I didn't think much of the poem. From these lines, a reader might also make some assumptions about the nature of her childhood. In her poetry notebook , Xiomara writes poetry about everything from her pressing questions about Catholicism to kissing boys and the fact that she constantly has to defend herself against stereotyping and sexual harassment. What point do you think that she is making here about prayer? She is trying to say that basically her life was pathetic in a way that she didn't get to fully enjoy it, hence the fact that she was a maid all her life. "I Think She Was a She" by Leyla Josephine, repeatedly try to shut down legal abortion clinics, even make them stand at a reasonable distance, Wendy Davis talks about her decision to terminate. I think of you when the first rays of sunlight spill like a waterfall between the blinds and settle in my eyes. Poor old lady, she swallowed a spider, It squirmed and wriggled and turned inside her. She was totally unconventional in her approach to life and didn’t go by what society considered right or wrong. You think she's a angel, But it's a lie, She isn't happy, But she isn't sad. She then sang "Love Poem", the titular song from her 5th mini-album. Do you like poetry? I'm enamoured by her style, her attitude, she punctuates my being into giving in to her without even trying. Tags: Free Friend Years Young. What is the “one prayer” that she decides on in the end? She’s a Pushcart nominee (2015), Best of the Net nominee (2017), co-founder of The Poetry Box® press, as well as managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. Emily Dickinson took joy in her poetry, her baking, her nephews and family, her garden – and in love. -- My lady laughs, delighting in what is. The Poet's black stage-lion of wronged love, Frights not our modern dames:--well if he did! Was quite proud of her beauty & herself, "SHE" enjoyed life to the fullest. Women have been cheated out of history because it's "his story." We sing together; we sing mouth to mouth. She was the co-founder, with Camille Peri, of Salon's "Mothers Who Think" site, and she and Peri also co-edited the award-winning book "Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenting." Or, do you think only gay men like poetry? But I would have supported her right to choose. All too often in this country and around the world, abortion is treated as something inherently political, something radical and radicalizing that's part of a conflict on a national scale. It was the sincerest form of flattery, she … 466 votes. Her greed made her think so. Once I was a Poet, now I think I am a Poem — She was only vaguely beginning to know the kind of... 1.5M ratings 277k ratings See, that’s what the app is perfect for. In the poem, she talked about what she had felt at the time, about what went through her mind when the blind man touched her nose and lips. I think shes special, / with her long brown hair, / and her bright colored eyes. The Poet's black stage-lion of wronged love, Frights not our modern dames:--well if he did! So what is she? This lady of the West Country. Poor old lady, she swallowed a fly. Is it any good? 'Sweet dove, Your sleep is pure. 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