Slowly: a plainsong from an older woman to a younger woman

am I not olden olden olden
it is unwanted.

wanting, wanting
am I not broken
stolen common

am I not crinkled cranky poison
am I not glinty-eyed and frozen

am I not aged
shaky glazing
am I not hazy
guarded craven

am I not only
stingy little
am I not simple
brittle spitting

was I not over
over ridden?

it is a long story
will you be proud to be my version?

it is unwritten.

writing, writing
am I not ancient
raging patient

am I not able
charming stable
was I not building
forming braving

was I not ruling
guiding naming
was I not brazen
crazy chosen

even the stones would do my bidding?

it is a long story
am I not proud to be your version?

it is unspoken.

speaking, speaking
am I not elder

are you not wine before you find me
in your own beaker?

by Judy Grahn

Comments (1)

Beautifully envisioned meaningful and thought provoking poem, especially the lines, it is a long story, am i not proud to be your version? . Thanks for sharing.