a song for International Women’s Day

(A) Broad(‘s) Shoulders

Waking on the blue couch, before dawn
Muscles stiff with the fear they remembered

waking on the blue couch before dawn
after a short deep sleep

waking on the blue couch before dawn
muscles stiff with the fear they remembered

but her mind did not

She has broad shoulders
She has a broad’s shoulders

Rising with the dawn
came the memory
came the vision

Rising with the dawn
came the vision
she could stay

Rising with the dawn
turning in the kitchen’s yellow light,
blind to all

it would happen again and again

She has broad shoulders
She has a broad’s shoulders

A broad can only bear so much
if only we knew, if only we’d see

A broad can only bear so much
came the memories, came the vision

A broad can only bear so much
Bare arms bear
No arms

You can’t keep your family safe here

She has broad shoulders
She has a broad’s shoulders

Waking on the blue couch
rising with the dawn
came the memories

Waking on the blue couch
rising with the dawn
came the vision

Waking on the blue couch
before dawn
She rose into that morning

She walked her children out that door.

She has broad shoulders
She has a broad’s shoulders

 

2 Comments

  1. I really loved this Mary. It’s wonderful that you turned the sometimes derogatory term “broad, into “broad” shouldered strength. Me being a broad shouldered woman myself (in all respects) felt touched by this poem. It was like having an arm thrown across my broad shoulders by a friend.

    • Thank you Cela! This song is for all the “broad shouldered” women who have had to face living in an abusive situation — deciding whether it is right to stay or leave, for them, in that situation, for their family. It’s also for facing all of life’s difficulties that require a broad’s shoulders — finding strength and love to keep going, as women can do!

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