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Francesca Bell: Taking Stock

There will be 
gunfire and its 
attendant regret.
in their riot gear.                       
There will be strawberries 
and hand grenades 
and the feeling 
in my belly 
when your touch 
explodes me.
There will be hope
and this life:
its burial ground.
A God who 
cleans His 
ass with us
but sends dawn
like a greeting card
each morning. 
There will be doorknobs 
and ropes 
looped around them.
Necks and
people who ask for it 
to be over. 
Hunger and cancer 
and boots 
on the ground.
Women split 
by babies forced 
into their wombs
like bayonets
into the bellies
of soldiers. 
Viruses will go on
inside us
while the morning 
glory overtakes
the verbascum 
and opens
its purple throats 
to the day. 

Francesca Bell is the author of the collection Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019). She lives in Novato, California.

Copyright 2020 Francesca Bell

Francesca Bell

6 comments on “Francesca Bell: Taking Stock

  1. Lynne Knight
    March 30, 2020

    Thank you for this, Francesca, and for the light and spirit you bring to us all.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Andrea Hollander
    March 30, 2020

    Too true. And powerfully uttered. Thank you, Francesca. Thank you, Mike.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Barbara Huntington
    March 30, 2020

    There will be hope and this life its burial ground

    This one hit me in the stomach, but that’s its power. Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Jose Alcantara
    March 30, 2020

    Fantastic! “Hunger and cancer / and boots / on the ground.”
    Reminds me of Gilbert’s, “Brief for the Defense”.
    I want to read more of Francesca’s work.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vox Populi
      March 30, 2020

      Thanks, Jose. You should read more of Francesca Bell’s work. Her poems are beautiful

      Liked by 1 person

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