Woman with Long Hair

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Woman with Long – Hair, Man Ray, 1929

I am the woman with the long hair
grown through years of want
and waiting

I am the woman with the stillborn dreams
feeling them dry up within me
throughout my gestation

I am the woman with the red shoes
dancing for my life
as the crowd looks on

I am the woman with the arching back
bent to your will
always aching

I am the woman with the bloody hands
reaching for a cigarette
sick of all the bullshit sacrifice

This is for the November Photographic Challenge at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads.

20 thoughts on “Woman with Long Hair

  1. I like the repetition in this poem, like a prayer or incantation. I also love the lines:
    ‘I am the woman with the stillborn dreams
    feeling them dry up within me’
    and
    ‘I am the woman with the red shoes
    dancing for my life’

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  2. As others have noted, the repetition makes this so powerful, along with the carefully crafted and chosen words. And it really does read like a petition, and yet, I also feel like it’s a declaration, a manifesto – perhaps not a screaming in your face one, but definitely an assurance that enough is enough. It’s wonderful.

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