Thursday, January 25, 2018
A Womb With a View of Virginia
If we continue to exaggerate our differences
of sex, race and religion, we risk
becoming united only in
our opposition to
Postscript: This was actually a poem intended for a different text and moment in time, and doesn't quite bend to a celebration of Virginia Woolf's 136th birthday, I agree.
For Virginia Woolf was the woman who explained to the world, in her example and words, that women must be given the freedom and resources to write 'without hate, without bitterness, without fear, without protest, without preaching.' And I fear Woolf would say that my womb poem fails this test on at least one count. But to serve my little, unoriginal, pun on the womb with a view I have used it here anyway - she does not say anything directly about vanity, but perhaps that's goes without saying.
So in clumsy but sincere tribute, I say happy birthday and thank you, Virginia Woolf. I loved, most of all, riding your Waves.