Oranges are not the only fruit – Saarah Choudhury

 


Poet. World traveller. Moved from England to Cambodia. Might stay there. Not sure.

You can read more of Saarah’s writing at eastwest_nomad 

Featured Post: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink (and Other Lies) – Tamara Fricke

two women
changed a car battery
and a man had to supervise
lest they blew a whole
through reality
and let sulfuric acid
corrode the very
chains that bind us

ignorant to the fires
that are decimating
our lungs, that man
held fast to his crop
speculating on futures
where a black woman
with beaded red braids
nails sharper than razor wire
and a white woman
with grease on her face
fell to their feet
as his white horse appeared,
conveniently forgetting
he’s already killed us
well and good

pink manicure in tact
wiper blades replaced
both women ignored
his high five, shook hands
and parted ways
understanding the world
was already, melting away


Tamara Fricke is the 2010 co-winner of the Gertrude Claytor Award of the Academy of American Poets and is previously published by The Lyon Review, Meat for Tea, Attack Bear Press Poetry Vending Machine, Whisper and the Roar, We Will Not Be Silenced, and has been included in a number of compilations.  Her poetry chapbook Our Requiem was released in 2014.  She lives in Springfield, MA, with an ungrateful cat, where she writes grants professionally.

Featured Post: Feminists don’t wear pink and other lies – Georgiann Carlson

I have a button that says
THIS IS WHAT A FEMINIST LOOKS LIKE
I used to wear it a lot
in order to counter the ridiculous idea
that FEMINISTS actually
HAVE A LOOK
I’m a
RADICAL FEMINIST
I wear make up
and sometimes I wear
pink
but I look like
a
woman
believing that you can tell
if a woman is a feminist
by what she’s wearing
is like saying that you can
tell if a woman is a teacher
by what she’s wearing
or if a guy is violent
by what he’s wearing
it’s nice
for some people
to put FEMINISTS
in a tiny little box
so they can
say that feminist are this or that
but those people
are the ones’ inside the box
blind and in the dark
I wish we could tell who they were
by what they wore
I bet their color would be
judgmental


I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and other lies – Christine E. Ray

feminism
the oxygen
I inhale gratefully
often desperately
in a world where
rapists’ reputations
and futures
are held in higher regard
greater importance
then the legacy of trauma
that has been inflicted
on girls
on women
against their will
where old white men
declare balls of dividing cells
have more rights
than living breathing women
reducing us to incubators
to cows for milking
where I was seen
as two breasts
a womb
and a vagina
until I turned 50
and was suddenly
no longer visible at all
feminism is the iron
I pump into my veins
to replenish me
when I am bled dry
by the knowledge
of how many women
chose a president like Trump
over their sisters
over themselves
some days
I wear black in mourning
Some days
I wear the red of resistance
and other days I even wear pink
in solidarity

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© 2019 Christine Elizabeth Ray – All Rights Reserved

Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt: Feminists Don’t Wear Pink and other lies

Throughout the month of August, Christine will be providing a daily writing prompt based on the title of a seminal feminist book. These are designed to inspire you to write a poem, prose piece, or a piece of flash fiction in 30 minutes or less.

The only rule is that you use the book title as your piece title OR integrate all the words in the title into your piece somehow

If you would like to have your piece considered for publication on Brave and Reckless and Whisper and the Roar, email your prompt inspired pieces to Christine at her.red.pen.wordsmithing@gmail.com.

You can also participate on Facebook by tagging your writing with:

  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #FeministBookChallenge
  • #braveandreckless66

or on Instagram by tagging your writing with:

  • # the title of the daily theme
  • #FeministBookChallenge
  • @christabelle1966

You can also share your response pieces in the comments below the Daily Prompt.

Feminists Dont Wear Pink and other lies – Scarlett Curtis