I heard a woman becomes herself
the first time she speaks without permission.
Then every word out her mouth
and point to the map of your own body
and wear your skin like a gown
or a suit.
and cast yourself in the leading role.
When a girl pronounces her own name,
there is glory.
When a woman tells her own story,
she lives forever.
All the women I know are perennials
Soft things that refuse to die.
If this poem is the only thing that survives me,
tell them this is how I happened.
Tell them I grew a new tongue.
Tell them I built a new throne.
Tell them when we discovered life on another planet,
it was a woman.
And she built a bridge,
not a border.
I heard this is how you make history.
This is how you create a new world. #denicefrohman #acim#miracles#healing#peace#bridges#borders#poem#poetry#studio#speak#women#girls