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Patricia Flaherty Pagan

dark Fiction & Poetry 

Befriend My “Eleven O’clock Woman” During National Poetry Month

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

Today holds



“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:


“Eleven O’clock Woman” copyright 2015 Patricia Flaherty Pagan. Reprints with permission only.