She, by Candice Louisa Daquin

SHE wasn’t very popular because

she didn’t need a man

she didn’t want a man

she wasn’t attracted to men

so they resented her and decried her and ignored her

and she was still okay

despite the women who did need a man

instead of seeing that difference can flourish

telling her she was strange and unnatural

sticking together like unchewable toffee

ignoring her, who they thought inexplicable

(howcanshenotfindmenattractive? whatiswrongwithherdidshegrowupwithwolves?)

so she was alone

and she was still okay

SHE didn’t need people but it did not mean

she would not like to be among people and part of them

but her difference and how she did not want

the same things

meant she lived perpetually on the outside

sometimes SHE wondered what it would be like

if children inherited a world that

did not prescribe exclusion

did not tell women they had no control over their bodies

did not tell men they were superior and could rule

did not put men as the prize for everyone to bow to

did not tuck older women away in cupboards to gather dust

did not condemn women who loved other women

and had no time at all for men

not because they hadn’t met a good man

but because a good man was the last thing they needed

and she was still okay

because that’s what she had learned early on

to stand even when they tell you to sit

and sit when they tell you to stand

BE yourself even in the face of everyone conforming

because SHE was a power to be reckoned with

the only thing that could undo her

was the gentle flick of a thin wrist attached to HER

arm and the way it wove in and out of moonlight

over her head, and down her sides, and into her soul

like an indigo night bird


© 2019 Candice Louisa Daquin

12 Comments Add yours

  1. Kindra M. Austin says:

    Reblogged this on Kindra M. Austin and commented:

    Today on Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen ❤

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Reblogged this on Brave & Reckless and commented:

    Thrilled to have Candice Louisa Daquin debut as a Core Member of Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen today.

    Liked by 2 people

  3. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Candice Louisa Daquin gives a portrait of a different woman at Heritics, Lovers, and Madmen

    Liked by 3 people

  4. Jamie Martin says:

    Congratulations Candice, this is a beautiful piece!♡

    Liked by 3 people

  5. oldepunk says:

    Reblogged this on RamJet Poetry and commented:

    Our first post at Heretics, Lover, and Madmen. The inimitable Candice Louisa Daquin

    Liked by 2 people

  6. oldepunk says:

    lay down the law cwen Boadicea

    Liked by 2 people

  7. Wow Candice! That’s a kick-ass entry.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Always a lover of your words, Candice.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. Thank you my beautiful, talented tribe.


  9. Reblogged this on TheFeatheredSleep and commented:
    My first post on Heretics Lovers & Madmen. They are still accepting Core Writers go to their ‘about’ page for more information.


  10. HLR says:

    YOU NEVER FAIL TO AMAZE ME. You + your big heart + your incredible mind + pen and paper/keyboard and screen = the gift that keeps on giving. Please never stop writing! xx

    Liked by 1 person

  11. You leave the reader wanting more … “What you are hides behind your eyes, your hair, and your skin deep within your body and is seen by no one…”


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