The child with the stitched mouth –
her words imprisoned –
makes art of her body parts.
The mother with just a coin in her pocket –
a starving baby at her breast –
finds tales amid the shadows;
and creates a kingdom of plenty for her child.
The veiled women with no rights break the rules –
they grab the wheels.
A young student uses crimson ink –
to memorize all these sanguine stories.
Then she packs her rose and red shoulder bag:
a vermilion notebook;
a vial of poison.
For – in a field filled with men –
she will be the only woman.
Petra F. Bagnardi is a TV screenwriter, a theater playwright and
actress, and a poet. She was short-listed in the Enfield Poets’
Twentieth Anniversary Poetry Competition, and was featured in Masque &
Spectacle Literary Journal. Writing as Petra March, she won several
awards and honors. She is also a Library Journal Self-e Select author.