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Read advanced books in primary school and now I'm sad all the time

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misogynists can't play chess

December 3, 2019

PROMPT: Now to Then

He knows I beat him.       'a score of kingdoms he could wrangle'
My foot. Goddess of the island he called me, be I a
maiden he would make me
His queen. My chastity crowned before all of Naples.
Dad's bliss. Dad's face. Laughable,
How well it all worked out       for him.
He laughs with our fathers now. Some warning joke that
I pretend not to hear.  What it would be like to have power. Not in your father, not in your husband, not in your womb. but in you.

Be afraid. Be very       afraid.
The isle whispers. It talks in the night of who was here first            second            third.
It rasps and claws at my ears.
Sometimes a million tortured voices sing in                  my head and I can't sleep. can't sleep. can't sleep.
The thunder roars overhead, and I cry to dream again.

Shimmering air and the naked moon which pulls the roarers
and pushes. and pulls. and pushes and sinks the great ship beneath the waves.
Laughable, how well it all worked out       for him.
Shimmering air by his side, like a distant echo of the voice in your head.
That I pretend not to hear.  What it would be like to have power. Not in your father, not in your womb. but in you.



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  • Norah

    I love that this is based on the Tempest, it's my favorite Shakespeare play and that context makes it even more meaningful. A truly beautifully formed poem.

    12 months ago
  • Amalia

    Thank you so much! Glad you like it, it's based on The Tempest from Miranda's POV xx

    12 months ago
  • r|A|i|N

    i never know what to comment on pieces like this because there's so much mastery & intricacy packed into so tiny a space & it's overwhelming. i've reread this so many times. still trying to make sense of it. i love the spacing and the repetition and the tone and everything - it's just all beautiful.

    12 months ago