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The challenge at d’Verse Poets for Monday’s quadrille (a poem of exactly 44 words) is to incorporate the word rich.  My inspiration comes from the current attack on women’s rights that we are facing here in the United States.  I’m also sharing with Real Toads for the Tuesday Platform.

my body a corpse
shrouded in tapestry,
rich in blood and
history of wounds–
a crown of thorns
upon my uterus
nailed to a cross–
bearing the scars
of all my fellow
sacrificial women;
punishment for
bearing the stain
of original sin–
being woman.

6 thoughts on “Crucified

  1. This is so powerful — the policing of womxn’s bodies and decisions has to stop. It’s ridiculous that this world is resorting to such derogatory means by taking away the agency of all those who have fought for so long to enjoy basic human rights.

  2. Your quadrille is so powerful, Teresa, and the phrases ‘rich in blood’ and ‘a crown of thorns / upon my uterus’ are so full of meaning. You’ve stirred my emotions with this one. I’m seriously worried that a similar backwards step could happen over here too, especially if Britain leaves the European Union and there’s no one to watch our backs..

  3. This is tough, Teresa. Now it is looking like ugly evil spirited white U.S. men in black suits are taking over control of women’s bodies all over again. Women in olden ages were property of men as were children until recently.

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