Saturday, December 5, 2015

December 5 -- Patricia Wellingham-Jones

Meeting of the Tribes  

“Meeting of the Tribes,” etching by Harriett Spira

Five women huddle,
heads close together,
profiles only—
five sharp-featured faces,
lips firm, eyes hooded
in concentration.
Tribal markings
on gaunt cheekbones,
hair black or gray
hangs unstyled
to strong shoulders.
These women
I’d like on my side.
I’d like to live in their circle
of feminine power.
I’d like them to
dandle my baby daughter,
teach her to be
such a woman.

Published in Möbius, 2005

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