I had a dream that women rose from the sea

March 21, 2017

Floating Giants, by Christian Schloe


Art: Christian Schloe
Poem: Bianca Bowers
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I had a dream 

That women rose from the sea

like Winged Neptunes

And the men on the beach cast their eyes

to the watercolour sky 

to behold the floating giants 


And for the first time in centuries 

Men saw women as something other than just shells;

Buried beneath sand,

Delicate enough to be crushed,

Pretty little ornaments to place in mason jars,

A whimsical possession to press against their ears.


And for the first time since Sappho

Women saw themselves as something other than beautiful creatures 

To objectify and dismiss 


They were tulips of the sea 

with magic beneath their shells

Extraordinarily rare

And capable of rising 


And for the first time in too long 

Women glimpsed their patriarchal 


And questioned why they had ever agreed

to constraint 

With those men on the beach.

More about biancabowers

Bianca Bowers is the author of three poetry books: Passage (2015), Love Is A Song She Sang From A Cage (Retired), and Death and Life (Retired). She holds a BA in English and Film/TV/Media Studies and her poetry has appeared in Shot Glass Journal, Tongue In Your Ear, and The Art Toppling Tobacco Project. She finished writing her debut novel, Cape of Storms, in November 2016, and is close to completing her second novel, Lawn Chairs. Bianca is the founder of lobby4love.org and blogs regularly about Body, Mind, Spirit and Planet. You can find her at www.biancabowers.com and www.lobby4love.org