I Am the Woman – Kristiana Reed

I am the woman
your mother warned you about;
fire-breathing, Jolene auburn,
cradled by the night
and the ever waning moon
melting like candle wax
into my palms.
I am the woman
too many men have kept
secret and hidden;
I spent too long
looking at love
through the underside
of a glass bottomed boat
swallowing seawater,
bitter and sweet.
I am the woman
who blossomed beneath
the heavy thud of fists;
who learned to lie
better than love
and wear scorn in
my half-chewed smile.
I am the woman
your mother warned you about
because in my eyes
she sees her own.

Kristiana Reed is a writer and an English Teacher living in the UK. She is the creator of My Screaming Twentieson WordPress and she recently released her debut poetry collection, Between the Trees. Her work has been published in several poetry anthologies (Swear To Me, All The Lonely People, We Will Not Be Silenced), in the feminist issue of MAELSTROM Zine, in the inaugural issue (flight) from Nightingale and Sparrow, and in the upcoming issue of Turnpike Magazine.

8 Comments Add yours

  1. bobcabkings says:

    Reblogged this on cabbagesandkings524 and commented:
    Kristiana Reed – Your mother warned you, herself reflected

    Liked by 1 person

      1. bobcabkings says:

        You’re welcome

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  2. Kindra M. Austin says:

    LOVE this! ❤

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Kristiana says:

      Thank you! Love you! ❤


  3. Reblogged this on Brave & Reckless and commented:

    Kristiana Reed is the woman your mother warned you about on Heretics, Lovers, and Madmen

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Kristiana says:

    Reblogged this on My Screaming Twenties and commented:
    My contribution to the I Am the Woman series on Heretics, Lovers and Madmen ❤

    Liked by 1 person

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