This selection, chosen by Guest Curator Kirsten Kowalewski, is from Her Kind by Cindy Veach, released by CavanKerry Press in 2021.
You’ve Got to Deny, Deny, and Push
Back on These Women
A woman’s adultery is a very serious attack on the honor and
dignity of a man.
—Judge Neto de Moura of the Porto Court of Appeals
content warning for violence
And still they pick up a stone. And still they throw a stone. Because the woman. The woman. Mr. Judge. The Honorable. Sets him free. After all, his honor. Infinite these one-sided stones though John wrote what Jesus said— how no one touched a stone. And still they pick up a stone. And still they throw a stone. Because asking for it. She was asking. She was the cause. Because of clothes on her body clothesline in a spring breeze. Golden sunshine. Fresh. So fresh. Because not a dedicated wife. Not, not, not. Jesus spoke. John wrote. No one touched a stone. And still they pick up a stone. And still they throw a stone. Because the woman. The woman deserved it.
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