Sounds perfect Wahhhh, I don’t wanna. Its needs must be, since she lingers there. Rate this poem. (b) The cakes appeared too large to be given away. She woke up, dressed and went her way. She Was a Phantom of Delight was written in 1803 and published in 1807. Josephine is unapologetic as she describes why she had an abortion and how it was truly the right decision for her. Lucas Lazar 24 August 2015, 03:48. In the slam poem “ I Think She Was A She ,” spoken word poet and performance artist Leyla Josephine recounts the abortion she had as a teenager and the cultural shame she’s been constantly confronted with ever since. POLLAND: I think - like all artists and all humanists and all historians, I think she would resent her poem being shaped into a simple policy statement. From the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. In joyless girlhood working for her bread. In the slam poem "I Think She Was A She," spoken word poet and performance artist Leyla Josephine recounts the abortion she had as a teenager and the cultural shame she's been constantly confronted with ever since. She couldn’t part with anything. I Think She's Drunk Poem by Elia Michael.I think she's drunk, I really think she's drunk For comments such as hers are meant to hurt; To what depraved behaviour has she sunk? The poem “A Grave” is presented as characteristic of the prose rhythms and discursive manner of Moore’s poems, including their use of expository language without meter or rhyme. All rights reserved. Walked away from a hurricane. Untaught of woman’s worth. When golden eyes no longer glow, In this poem she imagines what it would feel like to put girlhood and spinsterhood behind. She was a genius in climbing trees and had climbed a tree when she was sixty-two. She took those kindergarten tears and kept them inside. She Was a Phantom of Delight was written in 1803 and published in 1807. She published work to her blog, The Daily Round. I think she was ready to go. I would’ve died for that right like she died for mine. Tags: Free Friend Years Young. She was quite mature for her age, for she knew that no one would have time for the thoughts of a 13-years old. I'm just a 13 year old boy so don't expect me to be professional. Comments. Just break it off nicely. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. Josephine is unapologetic as she describes why she had an abortion and how it was truly the right decision for her. By the way, I think she might like me. Silloth, Cumbria, UK. She works with her family to do laundry and keep her clothes clean but she also found her way into the cool dirt. From the book There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. 4 comments. Her greed made her think so. Now will I pour new light upon that lid, Full-sloping like the breasts beneath. I’m sorry, but you came at the wrong time," the Glasgow native proclaims. She's angry, She wants to be free, but the cage is locked, no way out, Here is the key to her heart, Give her happiness back, Tis' all she wants So give it to her, her heart was broken, she's being teased Let her be FREE! You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back. So what is she? It is said that William Wordsworth wrote this poem for his wife, Mary Hutchinson. Author: unknown I really like this girl and she's the kind of girl who likes poetry so i decided to write here a poem. Nearly five years later, she is now doing a bereavement counselling course, and has written how this poem helped her and how she reads and re-reads it to make sense of the whole tragedy. The poem “England” is read as a defense of American culture, in opposition to the Eurocentricism of Eliot, Pound, and other modernists. Or black?The mother looks at her child.The newborn looks back.Skin dark as charcoal,Light brown eyes,What a sight!But wait,No. Eventually, she landing on the perfect words for the moment. You think she's a angel, But it's a lie, She isn't happy, But she isn't sad. I think of you at noon when the … It is a very interesting poem because we need to read it twice or more to catch the real tone and story. beautiful poem. When you were. Our story. Maya Angelou wrote this specific poem called; “Phenomenal Women”. Treat her like a queen; she will treat you like a king, and don't cheat on her. Emily Dickinson took joy in her poetry, her baking, her nephews and family, her garden – and in love. The cakes she ate looked too small to her. She explored, as children do, and notes how the dirt tasted like “beets”. Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. But I think she was ready that last day and just took God's angels' hands and went to heaven. In her 2010 song ‘Your Love,’ she says, ‘When I was a geisha he was a samurai.’ I thought for months she was saying ‘glacier’ and was disappointed when someone corrected me. Poetry Genre: Song. 'I Think She Was A She' Proudly Proclaims There's No Shame In Having An Abortion. Now, twenty-five years later, she and celebrated chil To one young narrator, it's the simple things that mean the most, like sharing laughter with a friend, taking family rides in the country, and kissing her mama's arm. COHEN: The book wasn’t completed at the beginning of quarantine and I kind of thought it was done and then my editor, who’s fucking amazing—her name’s Deb Garrison, she’s everything I want to be when I grow up—was like, “I think you should write some quarantine poems. Little known during her life, I know she was a she and I think that she would have looked just like me." Which is why it's always wonderful when people come forward with a narrative that humanizes the issue — when Wendy Davis talks about her decision to terminate a pregnancy or when a woman films her own abortion to show how un-horrific it is. But spoken word poem "I Think She Was a She" by Leyla Josephine teaches us that the decision to have an abortion or not is an intensely personal one. She loved her grandma and often thought of her after her death. In her poetry notebook , Xiomara writes poetry about everything from her pressing questions about Catholicism to kissing boys and the fact that she constantly has to defend herself against stereotyping and sexual harassment. Poor old lady, she swallowed a fly. I am not ashamed. Goddamnit this is my story and it will not be written in pencil and erased with guilt. She read it at her funeral (which unfortunately I could not attend). Do you think she would like it? ©2021 Verizon Media. At her first poetry slam when she was only fourteen, Acevedo recalls performing a poem about rape. Or you can do what she would want: smile, open your eyes, love and go on. It is said that William Wordsworth wrote this poem for his wife, Mary Hutchinson. She took time to do some other things, like sew and clean and cook, And never thought to ask for thanks. If you received a poem from a woman, would you be turned off or on? She sometimes worries too much, The haunts in my pocket I’ll keep to a hum: Katrina was a woman I knew. Anne was very caring and loving. She was the co-founder, with Camille Peri, of Salon's "Mothers Who Think" site, and she and Peri also co-edited the award-winning book "Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenting." Views: 577. Written 1981. She is a “spoken word and performance artist” best known to pro-lifers for a remarkable performance in cognitive dissonance known as the poem “I think She was a She.” Her “slam poem” (as it is called) carries the logic of “I am not ashamed of my abortion” to its logical endpoint. “I would’ve supported her right to choose. I think of you when the first rays of sunlight spill like a waterfall between the blinds and settle in my eyes. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson (December 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an American poet. To choose a life for herself, a path for herself. -- My lady laughs, delighting in what is. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. (c) At last, she decided not to give away any cake to St. Peter. The Poet's black stage-lion of wronged love, Frights not our modern dames:--well if he did! The poem describes the life the child would have had, before continuing: "I would have made sure I was a good mother to look up to. I sent a poem to a man about music and the poem was really passionate, and I know he loves music. They are far superior and always have been. its really nice poem.. kathryn1000 from London on December 23, 2012:. I think it’s an ‘indoors poem’ that wants to be an ‘outdoors poem.’ The title is a misheard Nicki Minaj lyric. Reply. What is the “one prayer” that she decides on in the end? She do make my river An ocean. Maya Angelou was always a slave when she was young, she worked in peoples houses all her life, and still did at the age of 60! She also loved to study music, dance,and drama. Poor old lady, she swallowed a spider, It squirmed and wriggled and turned inside her. She was named Best Female Poet-Performer in the Sacramento News & Review Reader Poll (2009) and was winner of the first poetry slam in Placerville, California (2012). We sing together; we sing mouth to mouth. I don’t know why she swallowed a fly. I do have a thing for him. What is she?What is she?High Yellow? Well, Josephine says it's time to take history back: "This is her story. She is trying to say that basically her life was pathetic in a way that she didn't get to fully enjoy it, hence the fact that she was a maid all her life. From 1963 to 1966 Angelou was involved in the black civil rights movement. It will be written in pain and spoken in courage. I was a child and she was a child, In this kingdom by the sea, But we loved with a love that was more than love— I and my Annabel Lee— With a love that the wingèd seraphs of Heaven ... poems, and critical theories, which established a highly influential rationale for the short form in both poetry and fiction. A Gentle Wind, She Blew Me Softly, And She Knew To Toss Me, And She Knew To Boss Me Freely, And I Moved, And I Loved Her With A Love That Was Above Anything I Could Think Of..... Poem … And think of her as living. Waiting in the dark, dark nooks Of the streets she took. Early on, she recognized the inherent power of language. How do you find it? Poem Charlotte Anna Perkins Gilman wrote literary works promoting women’s rights and women’s suffrage; she’s perhaps best known for her short story “The Yellow Wallpaper,” which appeared in 1892. O'Meara's resultant poem reads like a cross between a proverb, Instagram poem, and, if you're feeling optimistic, psychic prediction. I think she sleeps: it must be sleep, when low Hangs that abandoned arm toward the floor; The face turned with it. Through her work, she explores monsters found both in the everyday world and in mythology. She adored her father. She added, " Whenever I wrote a song and asked her for feedback, she always asked why things were a certain way. She is also a twin, and, until she begins to find her voice, a secret poet. I found a unique joy when I gave her this poem, because she immediately recognized I had ripped off the idea from one of her poems. I am not ashamed.". & she do & she do & she do. 'Sweet dove, Your sleep is pure. I reach my hand, my foot, any body part will do, to touch you and breathe you in. She’s a Pushcart nominee (2015), Best of the Net nominee (2017), co-founder of The Poetry Box® press, as well as managing editor for The Poeming Pigeon. Honest answers please. Half-fed. When this poem was first published in 1978 in Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems, Eloise Greenfield reminded us that love can be found just about anywhere. & she do & she do & she do & she do She do take my hand a while longer. Be careful with your choices on who you break bread with. Do you like poetry? I'm enamoured by her style, her attitude, she punctuates my being into giving in to her without even trying. Today is National Voter Registration Day! The grandma’s ability to live life according to the dictates of her heart is appreciable. Think how she must be wishing that we could know today how nothing but our sadness can really pass away. Was quite proud of her beauty & herself, "SHE" enjoyed life to the fullest. Part of HuffPost Women. I have a beautiful daughter..But I always remind her you beauty is complete when you are beautiful from within..She would say ok mum I know ok. Most days I think about her and hope that she is proud of me and my life as I now understand all the lessons she taught me. It reflects the greed of the lady. For all the things she took. Later in his life, Wordsworth said about SShe Was a Phantom of Delight: “it was written from my heart”.The poem is a lyrical ballad with an AABBCCDDEE rhyme scheme. Or you can cherish her memory and let it live on. All too often in this country and around the world, abortion is treated as something inherently political, something radical and radicalizing that's part of a conflict on a national scale. She then sang "Love Poem", the titular song from her 5th mini-album. Here lies a most beautiful lady, Light of step and heart was she; I think she was the most beautiful lady. I think she is beautiful, I see a pretty smile, a comfortable relaxed fit, and a sense of humor. Poor old lady, I think she’ll die! S tacey surprised me continuously, and not the least of those surprises was discovering she wrote poetry. Of each new pain as keenly as your own. She was a Phantom of delight has three stanzas with ten lines each, … It wasn't illicit at all. She lilts a low soft language, and I hear Down long sea-chambers of the inner ear. We live in a world where dozens of laws are proposed each year to regulate women's bodies and control their choices, where states repeatedly try to shut down legal abortion clinics or enact 72-hour waiting periods for abortion, where it's OK to raise money to ban abortion, but not if you really need to have one, and where people not only scream and throw things at people walking into abortion clinics, but where the Supreme Court refuses to even make them stand at a reasonable distance. She was totally unconventional in her approach to life and didn’t go by what society considered right or wrong. Questions on 3am 1. I think shes special, / with her long brown hair, / and her bright colored eyes. She took the hands that longed to hold her child and not let go, Used them to push her child along the way, to thrive and grow. Once I was a Poet, now I think I am a Poem — She was only vaguely beginning to know the kind of... 1.5M ratings 277k ratings See, that’s what the app is perfect for. She was very talkative and was often punished by her maths teacher. Sign up for membership to become a founding member and help shape HuffPost's next chapter. The old ones, through long use, have softer grown. Now make fast the door. And yet in spite of all of this, choosing to have an abortion is not something that should have national implications, or some sort of political action. I think the dead are tender. After reading the poem and article, tell us what you think — or suggest other Times content that could be matched with the poem instead. Answer the following questions in 8-10 sentences: Question 1. 466 votes. Everything she said sounded like a song, every silence was the music too.” ― Akshay Vasu ... you think you know her but she hides herself behind her smile the right one can hear the pain in the sound of her laughter the real one can feel the She couldn’t sacrifice even a wafer-like cake for anyone. She was a Phantom of delight has three stanzas with ten lines each, … Poor old lady, she swallowed a spider, It squirmed and wriggled and turned inside her. Waiting for her return, Waiting for her “TO” return. Women have been cheated out of history because it's "his story." When I think about my mum, I just can't help but smile; Her own troubles she'd set apart, To go for me an extra mile. We, however, have different ways to think of our life. Thanks Mom . All too often in this country and around the world, abortion is treated as something inherently political, something radical and radicalizing that's part of a conflict on a national scale. I think for 13 you're a very mature young man. The people she worked for didn't give her any respect even though she was old. David Harkins 1959 –. "I don’t think we’re used to it at the volume that we’re seeing," she said. She lived somewhere where both of these things were possible. "And the people stayed home" envisions quarantine as a kind of reset. It's a deeply emotional, personal choice that women make based on their own unique circumstances. It was because of this maturity that she could not confide in her friends. "I am not ashamed. She knew that no one would understand her need to keep a diary. What do you notice about the punctuation in this section? Now make fast the door. But beauty vanishes, beauty passes; However rare -- rare it be; And when I crumble,who will remember. But I would have supported her right to choose. If she but sighs, a bird puts out its tongue. Half-clothed. Sometimes she is profoundly lonely. She was quite mature for her age, for she knew that no one would have time for the thoughts of a 13-years old. I’m so sick of keeping these words contained. Her body is sultry, sexy, I'd like to unravel her with my tongue, taste her pores, pleasure her for hours. 466 votes. In the poem, she talked about what she had felt at the time, about what went through her mind when the blind man touched her nose and lips. 2021 Bustle Digital Group. I can remember I didn't think much of the poem. ", Josephine perfectly sums up the message behind her poem, proudly stating: “When I become a mother it will be when I choose.”. She adored her father. This lady of the West Country. She loved her grandma and often thought of her after her death. Rating: Total votes: 1. Published at the web's largest poetry site. “Now, if you don’t know black features, you may think she’s laughing, but she wasn’t laughing,” Angelou continued. Or, do you think only gay men like poetry? Ellen Brenneman ***** Golden Eyes. Sleep on: it is your husband, not your foe. Roven on November 10, 2012:. And you–oh you, who the wildest yearn From the old-time step and the glad return– Think of her faring on, as dear In the love of there, as the love of here Think of her still the same way, I say; She is not dead, she is just away. What point do you think that she is making here about prayer? Log in or Become a Member to comment. She wasn't expected to pass away that soon as they gave her years yet to live. And think of her as living In the hearts of those she touched For nothing loved is ever lost – And she was loved so much. What will be your reaction if you were her? She's just a special little case and makes me smile. The Poet's black stage-lion of wronged love, Frights not our modern dames:--well if he did! Pesch, who contracted COVID-19 in November but recovered with only mild symptoms, was working in the intensive care unit just before Thanksgiving when she saw a scene play out between a critically ill COVID-positive patient and a fellow nurse that signified to her the sacrifices of the pandemic. A beautiful poem. “But I worked with a very kind producer, David McNee (formerly of The Paul McKenna Band) who bolstered my confidence and worked hard to get the best out of me, and I think he has,” she said. She makes space lonely with a lovely song. In particular, she saw poetry’s ability to speak to dark, complex themes. #YesAllWomen because I was taught to scream "fire" instead of "rape" because it increases the chances of someone coming to help. Memorial, Baptist, Protestant birth—my girl. She's been an angel from the start, Gentle, wise and versatile. Later in his life, Wordsworth said about SShe Was a Phantom of Delight: “it was written from my heart”.The poem is a lyrical ballad with an AABBCCDDEE rhyme scheme. She … Jun 29, 2017 - I think this may be my first “she” poem, in a sense Happy Wednesday. Sleep on: it is your husband, not your foe. Do you think she would love it? About the Poem. “I think women are foolish to pretend they are equal to men. Whatever you give a woman, she will make it greater. And could you rate it on a scale of 1-10? Because the truth is that this is a human issue, about human people making a difficult choice, whatever the choice may be, and demonizing them or their decisions, ignoring the humanness of it all, does no one any good. 'Sweet dove, Your sleep is pure. Do you think he'll have a clue that I have a thing for him? It would be great if you could suggest a title too. Epitaph On A Friend. This last generation probably a little bit older than you, the men or boys are not like they were in 1950, be that good guy. Now will I pour new light upon that lid, Full-sloping like the breasts beneath. Sreejith V on December 02, 2012:. By the time this poem was written she would certainly have been considered a … / I think shes special, / with her A's and B's on everything she does. Shall we kiss? You can remember her and only that she is gone. “She was a poem and a painting too. Rate this poem. "To choose a life for herself, a path for herself. Is it any good? How does the form or structure of the poem change in the section titled “3 a.m.”? It feeds my heart, my soul, my spirit, and I am at peace. Little did she knew, People would be waiting for her. POLLAND: I think - like all artists and all humanists and all historians, I think she would resent her poem being shaped into a simple policy statement. That ever was in the West Country. From these lines, a reader might also make some assumptions about the nature of her childhood. She swallowed the spider to catch the fly. Don't turn into that guy women/girls hate. All rights reserved. "I Think She Was a She" by Leyla Josephine, repeatedly try to shut down legal abortion clinics, even make them stand at a reasonable distance, Wendy Davis talks about her decision to terminate. She ardently declares her power over her body as she reminds us that a woman exercising her right to choose is not uncommon -- and should never be shamefully brushed under the rug. 2. She … Like 0 Pin it 0. Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri, is a writer,and she is known for many auto-biographical novels and she also writes poetry and essays. I just wrote this poem for my love and was wondering if I could get get your honest opinions about it. She always seems to know, When things aren't going too well, Even when I try to pretend, Just a glance and she can tell. Maya Angelo through her poem entitle “When I Think about Myself” has shared the voice of her people and result of the process of thinking or musing life. / I thin. It was the sincerest form of flattery, she … What a gifted man was Edgar Guest - his legacy lives on. She spent time working and time outdoors exploring. Is I think the world of she. I think she sleeps: it must be sleep, when low Hangs that abandoned arm toward the floor; The face turned with it. Poor old lady, she swallowed a fly. We made it easy for you to exercise your right to vote! Poor old lady, I think she’ll die! James Whitcomb Riley.