Pretty Words

Poems are made in the pauses

The ooohs and ahhs

What is written prettily will be prettily read

But messy will be powerfully heard.

Often confused women’s words for pretty little poems

Because they write so neatly.

They only write so neatly because instead of given a respite from daily lessons with peers they were held inside to practice making their letters just so.

Don’t want “doctor’s handwriting”for our pretty little girls.

Pretty girls can become pretty poignant and pretty powerful

As soon as they stop just being pretty.


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