Unregulated Word : Lost Petition: for an Endangered Species


lost petition: for an endangered species | Amanda Oaks

??where are you my wild women on
?the brink of brutish but upholding
a close upkeep of grace & beauty, ?
growing taller than those old bones, ?
swelling & singing deeper than you ?
ever thought possible, does that ?
dark man visit your dreams, breathe ?
down your neck, sayin’ hey lady you’d ?
better pay attention, i told him last
?night that i crossed that sacred, ?
shallow river seven times, he said ?
woman, do it slower next time, you ?
gotta be silent to hear the crackle
?of the fire, i said that i’ve seen too
?many fingers go quick to lips, that my ?
flames burn on the inside & they’re not ?
hard to miss, that our submissiveness
?has been the cement holding together
?our mother’s mismanagement & it’s ?
his mess that bloats all our hearts, ?
popping red balloons too heavy to
?float, we have held in our tender ?
hands the same hopes & worries ?
of our mothers & their mothers &… ?
our minds have caged the same bird ?
too many times over, so i will not go
?gentle into this night & when i open ?
my eyes your ghost will not guide
?me to my death because i run with ?
a pack of wolves, we meet our men
?halfway speaking the same language,
?we roll around in our rusty double ?
beds, mama & papas of god shouting
?thunder, spitting lightning, so don’t ?
you tell me that silence is golden,
?our hands have been in our pockets ?
cupping loose change & lost buttons
?for far too many years now, so this ?
is my call, my plea, my appeal, where ?
are you my wild-wild women, let’s
?meet our men in the middle & show
?the world what it means to be

I’m posting a piece of my poetry today because I wanted to celebrate a big happening that is taking place in the Poetry World this weekend, many of my friends will be reading/attending, so if you’re anywhere near Kansas City, I suggest joining the crowd for UNREGULATED WORD 2009: The Holy Spectacle, you won’t be disappointed. If you are interested in my tiny role in small press poetry you can visit my new blog, where I’ve compiled all my links, finally!


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