My daddy says there are two Kim’s,
The one with pen and the one without.
I told him the “Real” Kim has pen—
Where she becomes wholly herself, where she
is set free, wild, unashamed.
She is a feral cat.
The one with pen is uninhibited, excessive, wears
Too much red lipstick. When she begins to
Write, she is Lady Gaga with a different kind
Of voice. Words slide down her throat all
Day long. She has untold stories waiting
In line like consumers on Black Friday.
She is a warrior.
My daddy says the woman with pen
Should fuse with the other, should
Become one, should melt into each
Other’s arms. I guess that’s what we
All struggle to become, to be, to evolve into…
Walking into the world as broken, beautiful
Enough, and in full bloom…
Exactly as we are.

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Kim Sisto Robinson

Kim Sisto Robinson is a mother, lover, poet, writer, educator, obsessive blogger, lover of cats, cheese puffs, chocolate chips cookies, Sylvia Plath, addicted to books, women’s stories, walking with audio books ( Lolita was off the charts!), and powerful, transformative words. Her work has appeared in Scary Mommy, Bella On Line, Glass Woman, Migrations, Rebelle Society, and Feminine Collective. She created her blog, My Inner Chick, to honor her sister, Kay, whom was murdered by her estranged husband in 2010. Her mission is to give “Voice” to all women without one. She was honored the "Men As Peacemaker's Award" in 2015 for her work with domestic violence.

9 thoughts on “Woman With Pen

  1. London Girl Reply

    I like your poem. It tells me a lot about how the woman with the pen sees herself or how she wants to be seen but what of the “woman without the pen”?
    Who is she?
    Does Daddy like her slightly more than “women with pen” or do I read too much into this? Do I see sub-layers to this poem that don’t exist?
    I’d like to know more about her; she who is the real person who lives, walks and talks.

    This is a good poem for the very reason that it raises these questions.

  2. Marie Kléber Reply

    So true Kim.
    You are this woman, changing lives, a woman with a voice, a voice we love to hear and read.
    I agree, it’s hard to be all in one. With a pen I feel I can be everything.
    Hold on both Kim. One day, you’ll do even more amazing things!

  3. Laurie Johnson Reply

    You’re words are always so beautiful and honest. So pure and soulful. Thank you for sharing your heart with the world. xoxo

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