Ferocious Women

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Ferocious Women
who never bring you coffee
dream in poetry

warm art in their core
climb like smoke from a fire
leave a wild song

stir alive
wizards and wolves
in a rush of green and gold and gray

weather awful times
shake-awake the world to good
wear their stories with a smile

eat masks, drip truth,
radical truth,
(I do not exaggerate)

find joy in life
moments to intertwine
connect, concentrate

make a ferocious dinner
drink the wind in exaltation
save softness for dessert

Ferocious Women
storm in words that endure,
fearless

Copyright 2017 Brenda Davis Harsham

Notes: This poem was written in homage to the January 21, 2017 Women’s March, which took place in 600 cities and was an historic outpouring of world-wide support for women’s justice and rights. I wrote a poem about the march called America the Beautiful. I also wrote this poem, inspired by and utilizing the following lines, collected by Donna Smith, contributed by the following Poetry Friday regulars (including me):

  • Buffy S: “ferocious women who never bring you coffee” – refrigerator magnetic poetry
  • Donna S (instigator extraordinaire): “always leave a wild song” – refrigerator magnetic poetry
  • Linda B: “dreaming women do art in poetry” – from her pile of poetry blocks
  • Buffy S: “where wizards and wolves rush by in a blur of green and gold and gray” – patched together from Kate Dicamillo’s Where Are You Going Baby Lincoln
  • Kay: “ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good onesfrom Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse Five
  • Linda M: “waking the world to a new day
  • Margaret S: “steam that climbs like smoke from a fire 
  • Carol V: “fearless women reach out, connect, and find joy in life’s intertwined moments” – Connecting to the word “fearless” that April had used last week.
  • Tabatha Y: “little chest to put the Alive in” – Emily Dickinson
  • Joy: “wear loose clothing and a smile” – from a thought and some connections
  • Jan GA:  “I feel like there should be more stories out there for girls, and I try to tell them” – a quote from Hope Larson from the book COMICS CONFIDENTIAL.
  • Mary Lee H: “ferocious women do not exaggerate” – from Mary Oliver’s UPSTREAM on page 109, “I do not exaggerate.”
  • Brenda H: “make a ferocious dinner that eats masks, drips truth and saves softness for dessert
  • Keri L: “radical at their core” from her husband’s magazine, “Guns & Ammo”
  • Kiesha S: “ferocious women would rather drink the wind” – a line from Mary Oliver’s (Why I Wake Early) titled “The Arrowhead”
  • Diane M:Out of endurance, exaltation” – a line from the poem “Monadnock” by Robert Francis.


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Thanks to Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink for hosting Poetry Friday this week! I look forward to reading more poetry, some of it Ferocious, at the link up. Have a magical weekend!

If you want to take up Donna’s Poetpourri Challenge to make a poem from those lines, you can check out these links: it starts here and has guidelines here. The bloghop linkup is at Mainly Write.

108 thoughts on “Ferocious Women

  1. Hi, Brenda, as I wrote on Christy’s reblog, I find your poem very strong. It has sharp and well defined imagery. Could it be considered a cut-up poem? As I understood, it contains lines from other works, rearranged and adapted for your text and aim. Have I got that right?

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    • Great question. I agree with you. This could be considered a cut-up poem in several ways.

      The project’s original inspiration (not mine) started with magnetic poetry, which is a tactile thing that probably was inspired by cut-up poetry. When I read about the project to make a line about Ferocious Women, I contributed a line that I wrote on the spot. Once we had contributed lines, we then took those (some of which were already cut-ups or from magnetic poems) and further rearranged them. Except that I did it in a modern way, with no scissors involved. I seem to remember that some of the other participating poets actually printed the lines, cut and rearranged them. 🙂

      Thanks for asking such an interesting question. And for your kindness about my poem.

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