Planned Parenthood

The unshaven man in front
of the clinic who smells of neglect
and looks belligerent, as though
he always has to have a cause
to make him visible, now
holds up the picture of a bleeding fetus,

declaring his one power to participate
in creation, no matter on what terms,
that power, he feels, is now
as he accosts the young woman
who has been raped already
in so many other ways.

Photo Credit: Guilherme Yagui Flickr via Compfight cc

Beate Sigriddaughter

Beate Sigriddaughter,, is poet laureate of Silver City, New Mexico (Land of Enchantment), USA. Her work has received several Pushcart Prize nominations and poetry awards. In 2018 FutureCycle Press will publish her poetry collection Xanthippe and Her Friends and Červená Barva Press will publish her chapbook Dancing in Santa Fe and Other Poems in 2019. Sigriddaughter also orchestrates a blog Writing In A Woman's Voice, in which she publishes women's voices.

  1. Susan P. Blevins

    Ouch Beate! As always, you say so much with such economy of words. I must learn from you! Wishing you all the best for the season and hope to see you next time I’m in NM! S xo

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