Their Stories

Their Stories

Vincent van Gogh, Olive Grove

“(There are) many stories which are not on paper, they are written in the bodies and minds of women.”
— Amrita Pritam

Browse the archives, finger-brush ancient tablets
looking for their names—

you may find a few,
the chattel and relicts of men,

repositories of seeds, like the Earth,
their roots in deep-time connection,

they whisper stories–
conquest, war-spoils, love, and loss,
their children, don’t forget.

A double dVerse challenge:
a poem inspired by a line from the work of Punjabi poet Amrita Pritam, and a quadrille (44-word poem ) containing the word “browse.”

Some of you know I’m a historian. I’ve spent a lot of time in archives trying to uncover women’s stories.

40 thoughts on “Their Stories

  1. A great write, Merril! Every time I need information about a generation or two in the past, I think of my mother and her sisters (gone now) and wish I could ask. So much more there was to learn about the women in my family tree.

    • Thank you, Helen!
      Mine, too. Both my grandmothers died when I was a toddler, and nearly everyone of my mom’s generation is gone now, too. I wish I had asked more about life before they came to the US.

  2. Your poetry sends me to places I’ve never been, or I’ve been, but not stayed long enough. Thank you for your talent and your intensity of feeling. I LOVED River Ghosts and reviewed on Amazon and Goodreads.

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