Monday, January 16, 2017

What to Pack for the Women's March on Washington

Part I: The Plane Ride

Books and more books. Inspiration is good.

Vitamins. Because being healthy is good.

Drink coupons. Because.

My mom's wristwatch. Because she would be over the moon in favor of this March.

Here's a poem from "When She Named Fire." This is a volume of poems subtitled "Contemporary Poetry by American Women," edited by Andrea Hollander Budy whom I had the pleasure of meeting in residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts a few years ago.

What We Need 
by Pamela Alexander

A roof over
three squares.
Warmth to wear, 
something to burn

in winter. Water
music: sheets
of rain hung out
to dry. Time, or

the habits of light,
A road that thins
in hills. Hills.
Once an image

sufficed; now I see
we must speak.


Allison said...

Oh please take pictures. I'm so pissed that we didn't book travel for this. We're doing the march in Tucson, but it won't be the same.

Elizabeth said...

Such a beautiful poem. Safe travels to you, dear Denise. I will be marching here in Los Angeles!

37paddington said...

definitely your mother's watch.

S Kay Murphy said...

LOVE this poem! And love you, strong woman. Be proud of me; I did not turn on the TV once today (Friday)! But damn, I'll be looking for you in the crowd tomorrow, eyes glued! Be sure to wave!