Here and Hereafter, a poem …and the Women Who Made Us, a visual protest


i’ll have none of that, you see
none of the exclusivity of clubs
with their business of foundations,
divisions and the self-satisfied
whole-hearted embrace of conceits,
moth-eaten and self-righteous,
the mythopoeic and parabolic
spelled by men into stone and dogma,
the collision of sacred language with
parochialism and that left-over tribalism
exploding into disdain and violence . . .
how is it that vision ends and lunacy begins?

lead me instead to that inchoate space,
between saint and sanctity, soul and spirit
bequeath me into the great yawning
where my mother thrives as Khoas unquelled
where my father shines dressed in anarchy and
my sister sips tears from the wan cheeks of sages,
 . . . . . let us begin again

© Jamie Dedes

OAKLAND, CA By acknowledging our foremothers, Women Who Made Us is adding another demenson to the Women’s March in Oakland, California on Saturday, January 21 from 9 AM – 3 PM. Watch the Facebook Page for updates for further info including the meet-up site.


WASHINGTON, DC ~ WE Make America at the Women’s March, Saturday, January 21 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. EST, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church. Follow WE Make America Facebook Page for updates and details.

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