57: In Memory of Shame

February 12, 2019 · 5:00
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In Memory of Shame
by Karenne Wood

because it was our fault and because we did nothing wrong
because we spoke and because we had nothing to say
because we were ignorant and because we knew too much
because we neglected our children and because we wanted to
because we drank and because we stopped drinking
because we were industrious and because we had no energy
because we were young, old, fat, bony, spineless, cocky,
      selfish, selfless, frigid, immoral, guilty

      because we loved too much or not enough
      because we couldn’t fry an egg correctly
      because the house hid dust in its corners
      because we stayed and because we left
      because our faces were the wrong ones
      because we were treated disrespectfully
      because we were children or women or not
            white or just not enough.

because we wanted to protect them

“In Memory of Shame,” by Karenne Wood, from SISTER NATIONS, © 2002. Used by permission of Karenne Wood.