Post-Roe Poetry: Fighting Back With Words

kittens

millions mew through
milk-bottle streets
hackle raised hunger
post-Roe madness

darting between cars
hiding within bushes
painful prurient truths
scruffy discarded mogs

forced birthing bleeds
terrors tumultuous tears
ineffable wailing woe
unwanted pink mouths

tiny hisses erupt
dry-tongued sorrow
drowned by righteous
thy will be done

***

diaper drives don’t give love

feeding crying newborn mouths
does nothing for broken souls
trapped in poverty’s unrelenting
cycle you pretend to understand

while you played summer camp
horseback rides, sailing, singing
desperation rages wildfire hot
without choices, chances, hope

sprinkling your righteous confetti
gathering tiny clothes in basements
women trapped cry into the night
why is this happening to me?

you take away choice saying
you are ready for all the babies
forcing your golden-crossed will
caring not for life’s long-term pain

persecute, punish, push your truth
while infant mortality rates soar
quality healthcare by reservation only
let the babies eat cake off free bibles


*This week I listened to This American’s Life’s episode titled “The Pink House at the Center of the World.” These poems are my reaction.

23 thoughts on “Post-Roe Poetry: Fighting Back With Words

    • Thank you, Rebecca. Yes! We need to stop allowing religious zealots to make rules governing the country. Listening to the voices of those women in the NPR post made me so sad and angry. The wealthy will always have access to abortion. It’s a war on the poor and it’s appalling.

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  1. Dear Bridgette. I am very disappointed in our leaders. Won’t pass gun laws and changing a written federal law. I pray women and all people remember. Those men and women had no concern for the children safety and the rights of women. Outstanding poetry.

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