Elizabeth Padillo Olesen


Woman! - Poem by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

Are you the Eve
that tempts Adam
or the snake that
hisses around
to spit its venom
on its prey, the man?

Or are you the woman
in the Garden of Eden
born out of the womb
of your mother,
clothed in the wings
of your freedom and passion?

Are you the woman
proud of your culture and origin
who cannot be damned to hell
by the forefathers' heaven
of long-waged patriarchy?


Comments about Woman! by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen

  • Babatunde AremuBabatunde Aremu (10/19/2012 2:50:00 AM)

    Pertinent questions. I like your style, simple flowing lines. Great write and good message. (Report)Reply

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  • Elizabeth Padillo OlesenElizabeth Padillo Olesen (10/11/2012 4:26:00 PM)

    Thanks for your reflective comment Veeraiyah. Well, appreciated. (Report)Reply

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  • Dr.subhendu KarDr.subhendu Kar (10/11/2012 1:50:00 AM)

    heart regales in what it needs
    distinction yet melds into wine...beautiful write,10+++, thanks for sharing
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  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (10/9/2012 7:01:00 PM)

    what is there to cheat the men, when the men are good at it! I think Adam should have eaten the FA on his own and the men writers should have twisted the story to put the blame on an innocent naked woman! the last paragraph carries a good question! ! ! (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 10, 2012


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