Fragment Self Esteem
‘less aware of love than fear’: from
Sapphic Fragments by Eliza Griswold
Once I could not have written so bold to fear,
although choosing not to work in couplets
Eliza, I shall repair to the classic
to tongue untied.
Some women shared only in their homes.
Blind-folded another, but not those who spoke
to a world that has now come to support us,
empower us more
in poetry, art, each creative mile stone
creating excitement, transcending the bad
reputation given woman through fear:
who was not to fear
but rejoiced, reclaimed, elevated;
sung in concert and academy, city hall.
Chase out that which was so often otherwise:
loose fear, stand in awe.
Benita Kape © 12.4.2015
Eliza Griswold was speaking to a different fear but a fear which is common to both men and women as is the fear I speak of here.