“Covered Woman on the Beach” – A Poem

Take off your clothes, they say to her,

as their burly bodies tower

she’d been napping on the beach and lost track of the time,

enjoying the play of the afternoon light on water

and the applause of the sea on the sand.

happy now that there’s something she can wear in the water,

which will dry in the sun and leave salt on her skin

(after a languorous, sparkling swim)

so she’s not alienated from the world

so she can be free.

perhaps she knew the law

and chose not to abide

because laws can still silence justice

because order can still suffocate liberty.




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