As part of the January I Issue, we are sharing a piece by Daniela Sow for our Poetry Roundup.
“If The Capitol Were a Woman”
Many have entered me but not like today
today bloodthirsty men and women stained the insides of my walls a crimson shade unrecognizable
they ravaged through me, heaving and bursting through my gates weaponry in curled fists, the hate strong, unbridled
today I was wronged
it was like a father saying “Here, have my daughter” — Father, you were supposed to protect me!
now they climb my terrace my windows wide, agape they scale my proud banisters, tresses tornado through suits, dresses, where inauguration speeches and balls reign where “State of the Union” addresses hail
but this this is not a union this is a rape seared into our democratic memory
but my legs will not tremble they will not have me on command
my true people, my communities of black, brown, and for all will not bear witness to this and stare with stitched lips
I am not my wound my womb was built to incubate and birth promising bills professional exchanges peaceful transitions
so this strikes deep — beyond my whimsical decor and commercial corridors you must ignore, feel past the facade
where are you, God?
where are you, warriors, with peaceful pens and hearts of justice?
I will stand and help you to stand tall once again
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