VERDAD JUSTICIA AMOR
Before I answer your questions, I’m going to ask you to answer a question . . .. And that was the question that came out of my reading of A Room of One’s Own in which Virginia Woolf says, “Don’t write protest.” The woman writer should not write protest. Okay, so what does she mean? And the question I asked was “How can a woman of the American Empire not write protest?
—Maxine Hong Kingston
On every given morning
Women’s prayers dam the waters of history.
All the wombs claimed for war’s offspring.
All the mothers left enraged, bereft.
What do you mean you’re queer? You’re dating a man!
What do you mean you’re Puerto Rican? You’re so polite.
What do you mean you’re a woman? I can’t seem to keep you down.
…the voices of the Abuelas resound
Verdad Justicia Amor.
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