Poetry: A Poem by Katy Giebenhain

ONE ICON SPEAKS

Mary with her legs crossed speaks.
Gabriel’s arm and wing just visible
Mary with her long cheeks and raised hands
mouths choice in thirty languages.

Gabriel’s arm and wing just visible
she leans in, looks straight,
mouths choice in thirty languages
because she was given one.

She leans in, looks straight.
Bodies are easy to come by. Bodies are everywhere.
because she was given one
God forced nothing. God asked.

Bodies are easy to come by. Bodies are everywhere.
A womb is a room she explains.
God forced nothing. God asked.
Without choice I’m an animal, a field, a reef.

A womb is a room she explains,
I own the key to mine.
Without choice I’m an animal, a field, a reef.
Girls aren’t here to bully and deride.

I own the key to mine.
Mary, with her long cheeks and raised hands –
Girls aren’t here to bully and deride –
Mary with her legs crossed speaks.

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