Sunday, March 16, 2014

Headline Poem 3/16/14 -- dog dance

Today's poem is based on this headline from the New York Times about the documentary "Anita," about Anita Hill. Ms. Hill is known as the woman who accused U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment in 1991. She is now a professor, and leads quite a private life teaching at Brandeis University. She received praise and death threats throughout this ordeal. The youngest of 13 children from an Oklahoma farm family, she is recognized for creating a vocabulary to talk about sexual harassment.

dog dance

they line up
single file
to walk the shame-filled
walk
up to the desk
dog dance
dog dance
tail between their knees 
awkward and uneasy
anxious and unsure
unrecognizable even to them
can you help?
not sure you can help
can you help?
dog dance  
dog dance
tail between their knees