Amy Souza and Anya Drapkin

Anya Drapkin
Inspiration piece

Navigating the World
By Amy Souza

Girls can’t handle heavy
Petting, the school nurse said
They always want more

That thing that
Differentiates you
The ability to bear pain

Parts of your body too big
Too small, yes you can
Disappoint everyone

Collared shirts, skinned
Knees, no good answer
To the questions

Don’t smile back unless
You’re meant to
Smile back

You cannot fail at
Being a woman
Hips, self-sacrifice

You’d make a great mother


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One Comment

  1. Posted June 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm | #

    Oh, I LOVE this pairing, both the GORGEOUS painting and this wry response poem. WONDERFUL!