Poetry by Jennifer Lagier

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On the Yucat√°n Peninsula,
even dead women are radicalized,
wrap white bones in floral dresses,
march upon tequila distilleries,
wave flags,
chant union slogans in espanol,
demand equal rights.

Back in the states,
feminism has been demonized
by right-wing fundamentalists
who benefit from keeping their mates
barefoot, pregnant, enslaved.
Daughters, sisters who pursue
education or careers are forced
into suffocating submission.

Strong females
move the economy,
build and nourish family,
speak their minds,
protect each other’s back.
Mujeres claim their power,
mutually thrive.


November 2022