Poetry celebrates emotion. Imagery sharpens and defines diffuse feelings. During National Poetry Month in America, our culture gives poetry the emphasis it deserves every month. In recognition of the power of poetry, I am sharing my poem “Eleven O’clock Woman.”
Women perform many jobs, both paid and unpaid. We are breadwinners, caregivers, creators and bulwarks against the storm. At the end of each day, we can glimpse our victories and trials, and on some nights, our inner story.
Eleven O’clock Woman
Nubby towels rest across her forearms
Unwritten clauses thrum
In her fingertips.
Sagging shoulders insist
“Eleven O’clock Woman” is featured in the collection In The Questions: Poetry by and about Strong Women, which is available on Amazon and from the Spider Road Press online bookstore. See: https://amzn.to/2JxvZDU
“Eleven O’clock Woman” copyright 2015 Patricia Flaherty Pagan. Reprints with permission only.