newlY born

hello, worlD-

I can never be walking porn

Not when I run or dance or play.

Not when I bow or tiptoe or pray.

Not if I bat inviting eyes

or high-kick a lacy straddle in some back room

or evangelize.

Not if I slouch under miskempt hair

Or veil my locks in fervent prayer.

No matter how sequined the sashay

Or how droopy the lacy chassé

Not in front of a lens

under lights or air or men.

Not if I’m bent or crooked or straight

Not if I strip or traipse on a stage

Not if I amble or plod or strut

Not if I moan or wail or sigh

Not if I march or yell or cry

Not from behind or above or the side.

No matter the bounce or the curve or the light.

hello, worlD-

A breathing, growing silence, who; is: somEoNe.



PC: j.e. mcgowan photo here


AdelaHope used to be a little girl with a microphone, who loved her bicycle. She is now a woman with a family, a laptop, and a ukulele, who has dreams of traveling to beautiful, interesting places. She is currently living the mom-life while she works on a Master's degree in New England

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5 Responses

  1. AdelaHope says:

    This piece alludes to the brilliant poem by e.e. cummings, which I’ve copied below.

    the little horse is newlY

    Born)he knows nothing;and feels
    everything;all around whom is

    perfectly a strange
    ness Of sun
    light and of fragrance and of

    Singing)is ev
    erywhere(a welcom
    ing dream:is amazing)
    a worlD.and in

    this world lies:smoothbeautifuL
    ly folded;a(brea
    thing and a gro



    -e.e. cummings

  2. SoraBird says:

    Wow. powerful. Thank you for expressing this so beautifully. I long for the day when men of God allow us to just *be* to just exist in our own skin and learn for ourselves what that entails without controlling, labelling, policing, condemning, nor suppressing our feminine bodies. Leaders tell us that God gave us our bodies as a gift, then in the same breath make us despise them as sinful and surrender them to the authority of others. Cognitive dissonance to the max.

  3. EmilyCC says:

    This is beautiful. Thank you for sharing this here <3

  4. Keira says:

    BEST POEM. Thank you very much for sharing.

  5. Kim Dillion says:

    Beautiful hope for my lovely sisters throughout my congregation, community, state, country, and world. Let us honor each other as the Sisters that we are …thank you for your beautiful perspective.

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