I Am the Woman – Judith Swann

I am the woman your mother warned you about But as I am in the office, is not who I am in the garden, is not who I am at table with a poet or two. In New York I’m not the same as in Iowa, In Puerto Rico I’m not the same. I am…

I Am the Woman – Basilike Pappa

I am the woman your mother warned you about: She and the other matriarchs exchanged recipes. Babies in arms, children tugging at their sleeves. High pitched squealing. The perfect detergent for spring cleaning. I zoomed out. Someone asked me something, I said ‘what?’ Then they exchanged glances. – Isn’t the day hot, and could you…

I Am the Woman – Candice Louisa Daquin

I am the girl who was never the child Seen too much, been too much, defiled and reviled Stains the inside, halts growth, behind your eyes too many images Fitful in shade, don’t now how to make, a real version of me Seen so many attempts, the fakes and the frauds when do you Grow…

I Am the Woman – Mandy Kocsis-Troxell

I am the Woman Your Mother never thought of A Frankenstein monster Stitched together with trauma & tears Holding a Darkness; my greatest strength The one who’ll take the bullet And annihilate the shooter In one fell sweep I am the Woman Who bleeds in truthful ink Who found her voice After nights spent drowned…

I Am the Woman – Susan M. Conway

I am the woman your mother warned you about; because my feminism threatens her existence. I am the woman your mother warned you about; because she didn’t say YES to the invite, the open door, the unlocked gate. She stayed in the panic room of her fear, smashing the glass of her fire alarm psyche,…

I Am the Woman – Marie Prichard

I am the woman Your mother warned you about. The hushed voice Pretending everything was fine Telling me not to speak Removing the words from my throat Replacing them with self-hatred Creating the person I was becoming. I am the woman Your mother warned you about. The flash of fear When my heart would stop…

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…

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…

I Am the Woman – Sarah Doughty

Sometimes, I’ve seen the questions in your eyes. The ones that wonder what happened when the moon hung high in the night, illuminating the monster below. The ones that try to make sense of the way I managed to navigate through my adolescence with so much baggage dragging me down. The ones that ponder when…

I Am the Woman – Kim D. Bailey

I am the woman they tried to silence with expectations of perfect beauty questionable truths wrapped in family tradition bound in shame. I am the authentic legacy of cheaters, liars, abusers, addicts– of parental neglect, the parentified child, the blackest sheep. I am the breaker of hearts and silence chains and chance, watch as I…