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Girls and Women
Sarah Jones
United StatesGALLERYCONVERSATION
they have built prisons
for us
at night we cup our words to our mouths and
drink before they
come to dry the day


they have built networks
for us
our messages dart electric out
into a world that is naked
burning at the edges
in the center, too
they have built history
for us
in secret we record our names
in the lines of our palms
write “freedom” in smoke
as their flames lick our soles
but we are clay that cools
hardens only on the outside
we count the stars that represent us
innumerable, eternal
we are limbs regrown
springing up along the ground
into the dust among the
mines and mortar
we laugh and there is a glint they might mistake for
diamonds in our teeth
but it is water and it belongs to us
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Hannah (United States)
The poem is very deep and it has a lot to do with the identity of girls and women. A powerful statement that tells women that we should stand up for ourselves!!
 
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