Poem: Woman Interrupted

I wrote this poem after January 21, 2017. I performed it at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, May 6th, 2017.

Woman Interrupted

 

A thousand men in cheap toupees

wave blue dresses

rippling and undulating like patriotism

stained and soiled with falsehoods

lock her up, lock her up, lock her up

they chant boisterously

 

One blonde woman in sensible shoes

stands at a podium

lips twitching from strain

shoulders slumped, knees buckling

under red, white and blue weight

senator, secretary, sweaty salvation

birthing encumbrances

she carries the burden of every woman

 

Five hundred thousand women in white pant suits

swallow up concrete space

labia-pink knitted hats nod and wink

clever slogans bob up and down like bouys

marching clits, screaming vulvas and singing snatches

snake fluidly through city streets

 

A thousand brown women in mini skirts

look to the ceiling

scramble up the blond hair rungs

of a deteriorating D.C. ladder

heaving cleavages squashed against glass

red-tape lipstick smeared across transparency

 

One middle-aged woman in a black pant suit

flashes dejected pearly whites

five hundred thousand deferred dreams

tumble from her shoulders

into putrid puddles of complacency

suicidal bravado slices

into dead air silently

woman rupture, woman interrupted

Author: rosemarymezadesplas

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas is a Latina artist/writer/spoken word performer. She works in hand-sewn human hair, watercolor and drawing installations. She received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and a BFA from The University of North Texas. She has exhibited at Hoxton Arches Gallery, London, UK; Yorck Studios, Berlin, Germany; LuXun Academy of Fine Arts Art, Shenyang, China; Espace Kiron, Paris, France; A.I.R. Gallery, NYC; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL and New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, NM. She presents papers about the visual arts at academic conferences; her areas of expertise are gender & women’s studies, Latino visual art and contemporary art. Ms. Meza-DesPlas incorporates props and costumes in her spoken word performances. In 2017 she has performed in Toronto, Canada at the Feminist Art Conference and at the Center for Contemporary Arts in Santa Fe, NM.

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