Subversive

Red lipstick
beneath a veil
Running shoes
beneath long skirts

We stand
refusing to be invisible
taking up space
and making noise

We march
for education
for suffrage
for rights to our own bodies

And we persist
rebellion
carried within each of our hearts
as we remember
the warriors
who breathed life
into us

when we were no more than
dreams
around a fire
and a spell
cast into the smoke – Caroline A. Slee

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