Tuesday Poem: Identity Theft

You used to know who you were.
Every morning the same rumpled yawn
in the mirror, the same complaints.
Now it seems you’ve gone
missing, towed away from
where you park yourself each night.
 
Retrieval is possible
for a fee — but you’ll need I.D.
and, well, you’ve been stolen.
Where is your wallet?
Skipped off, with your self?
Face it — you’ll never get you back.
 
You could argue your singular talents,
your finger-typical creases
and whorls are proof enough.
But the core of you,
the cellular essence, the quarky particles
that spin your days on its axis —
 
disappeared. All you can grasp
is the husk of someone you
almost can’t recall. Your signature
has shrunk to a scrawled X.
No invitations, no e’mail.
Even your address is absent.
 
So search the diminishing icecaps,
if it brings comfort, along fault lines
deep in the Pacific’s sea floor trenches.           
Look under a honeybee’s forewing,
in the throat of an orchid,
beneath a slumbering black bear.
 
With any luck you might scrap together
enough scattered pieces — toenail,
ulna, pericardium, shaft of hair —
and reassemble who you might be,
who it’s still possible to become,
in the tick-tick time careening away
 
into a future — yours?
 
 
 
Found on via Tuesday Poem which everyone should definitely check out right now. (Especially since tomorrow is Tuesday!) It’s a really great site for those interested in reading or writing poetry and it has some amazing material. 
 
 

To Be Twenty Again

For Debbie Rand, Volunteer, Mississippi Summer Project, 1964

To be twenty again,
believing with such fervor,
sure of the way,
committed unto death if need be.
Willing to offer myself without reservation,
to share my talents and hopes
without equivocation.

To be twenty again,
believing change is possible
because I have changed,
believing barriers can be lifted,
distrust transcended
because I have known friendship
across the color line, deep friendship.

To be twenty again
and to know the power
of a social movement
that transforms its participants
as well as the world,
to know I’ve found a place, a way of life that allows love of God
and commitment to justice
to flourish side by side.

To fall in love again and again
with life and idealism as it manifests
first in one and then another
young man’s eyes.
I lived so intensely,
believed so absolutely,
felt so acutely.
I had the energy to do so
and lacked the experience
to feel afraid or use caution.

I grew outside the bounds
of my white, middle class upbringing.
I grew outside the experience
of my professors at college.
There were times of connection
and transcendence,
times of anger
and fear of losing all we’d worked for.
There were times of trust
and times the trust shriveled
in the light of a sharp afternoon.

Oh, to be twenty again
and refuse compromise.
To believe justice is attainable.
That love will replace greed.
To believe people can live
and work in mutual respect for one another.

To be twenty again
and believe it is all possible.

[I wrote this poem after seeing Debbie Rand at the 1994 reunion in Jackson Mississippi. Debbie spoke of missing the fervor and idealism we had in 1964.]

Copyright © Chude Allen, 1994, all rights reserved.

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20 Top Feminist TV Characters

Mary Richards (The Mary Tyler Moore Show) is often noted as being the feminist icon of television. While Ms. Richards may have been a groundbreaking portrayal of a working woman, she never actually talked about being a feminist. Here, we list fictional characters who more openly flew their feminist flags…. Continue Reading

I like this article from jezebel.com – I feel it highlights a lot of the best feminist TV characters to grace our screens, as well as pointing out a few pretty good TV shows! Anyone got any suggestions of people who should be on the list and aren’t?

Chocolate and Rainboots

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This is ‘If I Should Have A Daughter’ by Sarah Kay.

This woman is my inspiration.  Her intelligence and creativity radiate from her and her poetry is so beautiful.  Frequently her work, while often having themes of love and family, also includes political and social messages.  As you can see from this video, she encourages women to believe in and stand up for themselves.  She is making a name for herself, making a difference in the world, and I can’t wait to see what she does next.

For more information, please visit Sarah Kay’s official website .  All credit obviously goes to her (please don’t sure me, I’m in high school!)