Our Breasts

Poet: Chinwe Odeluga


Rachel Carson’s breasts ask

if the environment is better,

Audre Lorde’s liver cries for

no breast cancer spreads.

And Patti La Belle’s other

sisters sing for a cure.

For even with our

own Health Office,

Answers come real real

slow for the women.

And we get more diagnosis

and less prevention.

But our breasts refuse

to be dismissed,

Between the x-ray, slash,

burn, poison and death.

And we stand breast to

breast for our sisters.

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