I mean—to put it all on Satan might be a little unfair. Considering the fact that a woman has her own mind. Her own set of ribs. Her own eyes for examining both sides of a fig leaf. Nose for sensing fire in a single drop of rain. Her own lips for speaking when asked for directions. Brain for deciding left or right. A body bearing its own garden of lush fruits. And besides His, her own breath, coursing through each flared nostril. Own cravings: scratching at the surface of her earth brown rainbow skin. Own teeth perfect for chewing the fat with a serpent. Her own seeds planted in hidden places. Her own dark voices, caprices, coiling inside. Her own solutions to curing mass ignorance, climate change, pre-inflation theories, and doubling the learning capacity of children. Her own reasons for not eating the waxed skin of an apple. And, wouldn’t you say, her own ideas on how to get to the core.
–Allyson Horton (Marion County)
Allyson Horton is a native of Marion County. She is also a graduate of Indiana University, and she received her MFA in Creative Writing from Butler University. Her poetry will be featured in the upcoming anthology It Was Written: Poetry Inspired By Hip Hop (Minor Arcana Press). She currently works and resides in her hometown of Indianapolis where she teaches at Butler University as well as within the Indianapolis Public Schools system.
Indiana Humanities is celebrating National Poetry Month by sharing a poem from an Indiana poet every day in April (hand-selected by Indiana Poet Laureate George Kalamaras). Check in daily to see who is featured next!