Wednesday Poetry Break: Scary Sonia Edition!

grahamYesterday I listened to some of the confirmation hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor as I drove home. It was really  interesting to have just the audio, and most of the time that I listened was filled with rantings by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-Passive Aggressive). Rather than ask substantive questions of Judge Sotomayor and then listen to her response, he repeatedly said things like “Isn’t it true that ….” and then proceeded to take her words from a  speech or a memo from 25 years ago out of context. When Judge Sotomayor calmly and succinctly answered him — without letting him box her into an admission of being “wrong” about what she said s many years ago — Sen. Graham’s voice began to sound agitated.  Again he tried, “But wouldn’t you say ….”  Ha ha ha. No, she wouldn’t, and she ran circles around his country bumpkin lawyer act. It was beautiful.  So here’s to Judge Sonia Sotomayor, showing superhuman restraint in allowing the dinosaur-conservative-southern-white-males-of-the-Senate to display for us all this pathetic attempt to hold on to their privilege and power.

A Woman Speaks

Moon marked and touched by sun
my magic is unwritten
but when the sea turns back
it will leave my shape behind.
I seek no favor
untouched by blood
unrelenting as the curse of love
permanent as my errors
or my pride
I do not mix
love with pity
nor hate with scorn
and if you would know me
look into the entrails of Uranus
where the restless oceans pound.

I do not dwell
within my birth nor my divinities
who am ageless and half-grown
and still seeking
my sisters
witches in Dahomey
wear me inside their coiled cloths
as our mother did
mourning.

I have been woman
for a long time
beware my smile
I am treacherous with old magic
and the noon’s new fury
with all your wide futures
promised
I am
woman
and not white.

— Audre Lorde

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