some women wait for something

ill-fated fairytales
filtered through girlhood
Mr. Right sits high
on his white stallion
her smile beckons him
to rescue a maiden,
one fair as she
eager to flee
into the security of man arms
and gallop off into fairytale world.
somewhere beyond the sunset
or at the rainbow’s end
there is a nest
the lady bird’s wings
are clipped
the nest does not offer rest
but seclusion from the world outside
she sits perched high
atop a tree
and beholds the sky,
unable to fly.

*found this digging through some old journals
title is a nod to Audre Lorde’s “Stations”


About jennifer williams

Jennifer D. Williams is a writer and professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies. She has published in academic journals and online at, PopMatters, among other sites. Jennifer is currently working on a book that looks at black women's urban literature between the Depression and the civil rights era.

One response to “some women wait for something

  1. well described. A beautiful collection worth visiting

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