The Woman at 106 – #Etheree, #DoubleEtheree


Lives at
Rides a ten-speed,
Listens to a mix
Of classic rock and soul.
Once you get past the bricks
Guarding her house and her ego,
You’ll see to whom my heart is transfixed
But God says I must admire from afar.

Joined no
Stupid cliques
Back in high school
Where girls had no dicks.
I’d swim the river Styx
And challenge Pluto for her,
But I can’t cross the crucifix
As He stares me down and tattle-tells
To my boss, to my mom, to politics.

This was written for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday #136, a photoprompt. I don’t really know where this came from, but I just looked at that peaceful little housefront and tried to imagine who lived there. The bicycle drew my attention. With “women’s bikes’ relatively rare out there, I tried to cultivate this image of a person trying really hard to seem feminine. As a North Carolinian, I’ve had close exposure to extremely transphobic laws and situations, and I guess that inspired this poem.

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

45 thoughts on “The Woman at 106 – #Etheree, #DoubleEtheree

  1. Jules says:

    That second verse made me giggle…
    I remember at one point I think there was a magazine that featured the odd and outdated laws of areas. Like this one town in NJ where you couldn’t fish on Sundays… So of course when my hubby was a kid and visiting he had to explain the the Cop who wanted to give him a ticket that while he had a fishing pole and was at the end of the pier … the string was going up not down. Hubby was flying a kite!

  2. Colleen Chesebro says:

    Your poem is fabulous! I love how inspired your description is of who possibly lives in this house. That’s what I wanted… it looks so peaceful and calm. What secrets lie within? Excellent!!

  3. willowdot21 says:

    This is amazing, you put your point across so succinctly. We are all people why is that so hard to accept. I hate what religion, and people do to others who don’t quite conform to the ‘norm’.
    Great poem.💜

  4. Vashti Q says:

    Wow! I LOVE this! A creative, bold and luscious double etheree! There’s a story behind it and I want to know more. Congratulations on winning ‘Poet of the Week’ you deserved it. 😀

  5. Jade M. Wong says:

    This is well-written! I like your idea of who might be living in that house and I like that you chose to incorporate a controversial, but relevant topic into your poem. That’s not easy to do, I think, but you did it really well, H.R.R. 🙂

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