Cellular

The Giver The Giver, by Sharon Spencer

 Cellular

Writing memoir

Returns me to spaces

Deep and distant

 

Mind recalls

But cells remember

Angst, turmoil, joy, wonder

 

All continue

To live in this body

Battle stories, beaux gestes

 

My DNA

Connects as well to profound

Silenced voices and erased

 

Experiences of grandmothers,

Aunts, greats-, and great-greats-,

Women who urge me to speak

 

Now and tomorrow

To tell stories their genes

Breathe into me

 

Tales unvoiced,

Disallowed and discredited,

Too dangerous to loose

 

Into a world

Hell-bent on keeping them

Buried and invisible

 

Their courage

Moves from cells to pen

As I tell my story

 

Unearth and echo theirs…

                           From Liminal: Poetry from the Depths of Transition

 

 

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