I Am the Woman – Kindra M. Austin

She is me—
the woman your mother warned you about
when your childish hands declared they were a man’s
and left hers empty to grieve.

I am the one who won’t love you through
alcoholic bursts of abuse. I won’t chew on
belittlement flavored bubblegum and just be
happy
you
acknowledged me.
I am not the one to love you
unconditionally;
and I won’t be the light you reach for when you’ve
gone and done it,
again.
I’d rather eat the stars and leave us all in
darkness.

I am the woman your mother warned you about
when your infidelity slipped out of your pants and into
another’s mouth.

I am the woman your mother warned you about
when you pressed your teeth against my cheek
and snarled.

I am the woman your mother warned you about, and I’ll
be damned
if your daughter isn’t, too.


Kindra M. Austin is an author, editor, and micro-publisher from Chesaning, Michigan, USA. Her debut novel was published in April, 2017. To date, Austin has published three poetry books (Constant Muses, TWELVE, rated five stars by Readers’ Favorite, and All the Beginnings of Everything), a novel (Magpie in August), and one novella (For You, Rowena). She is currently working on a second novel (Royce with the Rose Gold Hair) to be released in early 2020.

Other publications include several poems featured on SpillWords; contributions to Sudden Denouement Anthology Volume ISwear to Me, and All the Lonely People; and four essays and articles advocating for LGBTQ rights, printed in the Ohio Mansfield Pride magazine. She also contributed to, and served as one of four editors for We Will Not Be Silenced: The Lived Experience of Sexual Harassment and Sexual Assault Told Powerfully Through Poetry, Essay, and Art.

You can read more of her work atKINDRA M. AUSTIN

9 Comments Add yours

  1. HLR says:

    I actually adore this, particularly the second stanza – so fucking fierce ❤

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    1. Kindra M. Austin says:

      Thank you so much! Means a lot ❤

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  2. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Kindra M. Austin – Do not think to abuse and keep this woman.

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    1. Kindra M. Austin says:

      You’re the best. Thank you!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. bobcabkings says:

        Thank you too. 🙂

        Liked by 2 people

  3. Reblogged this on Brave & Reckless and commented:

    Kindra M. Austin eats the stars on Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen

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  4. Love this to pieces. The second stanza gives me goosebumps.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kindra M. Austin says:

      Thank you, Love! ❤

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  5. ivor20 says:

    Here’s Ivor’s little poem…
    The Woman In Me

    Inside every man there’s woman
    The mother of his soul
    The lady of his heart
    The kindness in his touch
    The passion in his blood
    The woman, behind the way gives love……….

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