A Poem for International Women’s Day

Lilith,
goddess guardian,
first one to raise arms and plant feet downward.

Enheduanna,
I pay tribute to you.
Golden signatures trickle down on miscellaneous
temple hymns in honor of their presence.
No time but now to salvage remains,
original calligraphy to support descendants.

Sappho,
you underrated Greek beauty,
as ancient as solar discovery.
Numbering your verses for our eyes,
we thank you dearly.

Naomi Shihab Nye,
contemporary warrior of poetry.
Beacons lit brightly for the followers of the promised path.
In a dance of words, we glide to the ballroom wall.

Katherine Johnson/Dorothy Vaughan/Mary Jackson,
figures hidden for more than half a century.
Their brainpower is our destiny.
Embers burn with blue and white,
for no flame of signs, no frames of mind surpasses theirs.

Anne Waldman,
we will cross paths with a never-ending handshake.
Your material: a treasure trove of a vault.
Every page is an immense pleasure for readers of the tome.

Women in service,
picking the right battles and fighting for
those who would rather not speak in tongues.

Single mothers,
heroes of our modern age.
They give to the blades of grass and the
blades tickle their feet with ecstasy.
They give to a judgmental society,
and they require no companion for the future.

My aunt,
most qualified mother candidate.
All spawn reach out to her for guidance.
On this day, she answers the youthful spirit.

My grandmothers,
the world that you taught me to live in,
a foreign shore behind the seas of change.
You shone the light directly in my eyes.
Now, let me see!

Women of color,
though shade and tint matter not,
it was your time to rise long ago,
whether native nation or out of location.
Their right feet, forward…their heads, never looking back.

My mother,
the living embodiment of optimism.
Though Armageddon may drift past her,
she will see it as a lovely spring breeze.

 

 

 
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About Z. M. Wise

Z.M. Wise is a proud Illinois native from Chicago, poet, essayist, co-editor and poetry activist, writing since his first steps as a child. He was selected to be a performer in the Word Around Town Tour in 2013, a Houston citywide tour. He is co-owner and co-editor of Transcendent Zero Press, an independent publishing house for poetry that produces an international quarterly journal known as Harbinger Asylum. The journal was nominated Best Poetry Journal in 2013 at the National Poetry Awards. He has published four full length books of poetry, including: 'Take Me Back, Kingswood Clock!' (MavLit Press), 'The Wandering Poet' (Transcendent Zero Press), 'Wolf: An Epic & Other Poems' (Weasel Press), and 'Cuentos de Amor' (Red Ferret Press). Other than these four books, his poems have been published in various journals, magazines, and anthologies. The motto that keeps him going: POETRY LIVES! Mr. Wise will make sure to spread that message and the love of poetry, making sure it remains vibrant for the rest of his days and beyond. Besides poetry and other forms of writing, his other passions/interests include professional voice acting, singing/lyricism/songwriting, playing a few instruments, fitness, and reading.

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