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Thursday, May 05, 2022


by Lisa Seidenberg

Tanks in fearsome formation
Slide up her southern flanks 
As troops assemble 
On her outlying appendages
While handheld missile launchers
take precisioned aim
At her twin ovaries
A soft but critical target
The containers of fragile munitions 
When was a woman’s body not a battleground?
Balancing fertility 
With freedom
Since time began
She withstands the exterior onslaught
To her interior 
Again and again
Territories taken and retaken
A war that never ends

Lisa Seidenberg is a filmmaker and writer whose documentary and experimental film work are shown in intern film festivals and arts venues.