This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from Her Kind by Cindy Veach, released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.
Woman Climbs Statue of Liberty in Protest
Therese Patricia Okoumou, Guilty of Trespassing, 2018
She said, I climb to protest our nation’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. She said, I climb to abolish ICE. They said, trespasser. They said, disorderly conduct. When she sat on the skirts of Lady Liberty, we watched them climb after her. They said, get down. Our hero said, I’m not discouraged. She made her bed. And we watched and cheered and put a curse on those who wanted to arrest her for protesting putting children into cages. Oh yes, we witches watched her carry our truth up and over that ledge like a beautiful sooth- sayer, strong and lithe. Goodbye Dark Ages. We climb with her. We climb with her.
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