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Keepers

Ms. Magazine published “Keepers,” a poem I wrote in 2016 under an assumed name so as not to upset family members. But it’s time for all who have suffered from the shame to come out into the light of justice. I share this now to honor my foremothers’ truth. And hope you will honor yours.

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Her Wings Not Strong Enough (reprise)

She hangs
Lifeless
Luminous melon-green wings
Immobile

He set his trap
Her crime flying too close
Caught in the web
Of a foe she dwarfs

Helpless against his cunning
She gave up
Her wings not strong enough
Invisible threads stole her freedom

One would not guess
The spider could win
With a weave so delicate
It belies intent

A beautiful creature
Even in death
Did she succumb too soon
Unaware of her power?

Her captor not present
To claim his prey
I cut her loose
Denying him reward

She falls to the ground
And I wonder why it is
I would presume
The insects’ genders.

©2018 Patricia A. Nugent

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