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March Poem Series: Adrienne Rich’s Women

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Adrienne Rich | Women

My three sisters are sitting
on rocks of black obsidian.
For the first time, in this light, I can see who they are.

My first sister is sewing her costume for the procession.
She is going as the Transparent lady
and all her nerves will be visible.

My second sister is also sewing,
at the seam over her heart which has never healed entirely, 
At last, she hopes, this tightness in her chest will ease.

My third sister is gazing
at a dark-red crust spreading westward far out on the sea.
Her stockings are torn but she is beautiful.


As a woman and human being, I would think that every day is my day, but it is not for everyone for reasons too varied and complicated. Since the world dictates that March 8 is the Women’s Day, it provides a valid reason to march Women poems here on BWAB. Each poem will be accompanied with a woman photo I captured in my travels.

Jona of Backpacking with a Book

Hi there, I’m Jona! I’m in my early 30s and is currently based in Ha Noi, Vietnam.I primarily write poetry and short stories in Cebuano and lengthy travel essays in English. Blogging has become an outlet to think out loud. I live the life I set for myself. I try to live an unapologetic life. For collaborations, projects, and other things, please email me at backpackingwithabook@gmail.com. Find me somewhere else!

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  1. Paw says:

    Love the poem and pic. Great idea to promote women. I’m a big fan!

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