Woman Walking

I came across this poem today. I really like it… So I thought I’d share it with you. The author is Canadian Elizabeth Rhett Woods, you can find her website at http://www.elizabethrhettwoods.ca.

Woman walking

through the city’s secret
of the streets is pacing
with the flow of the crowd
you are its loosest part
stepping out-to pass this couple
dawdling by windows
slowing down-to let these school girls
scamper for a streetcar
side-stepping-this fat man arguing with
his son

into the clear

alert and balanced as an Arab mare,
beautiful and admired one moment,
invisible and forgotten, one moment later.

But now you look ahead and there
is a cluster of young men on the corner,
the scouts of their eyes’ artillery
already measuring you, threatening
to confine you to the level of their reckoning

They must be faced
one by one
and known to be seen

-meet each one’s eyes
and he is alone-

and looks away-and they
are reduced to single adversaries,
singularly vanquished,

while you are walking
through a silence of ultra-violet understanding
steady as a metronome

waking down the miles
on the trail of time
you are
striding through the city


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