With Brains

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will” (and the plotting skills of a healthy psycho) ~ Charlotte Brontë (and moi).

My silence blooms
forests of mistakes
in inert minds.

It’s almost sad to watch,
to hear mouths spew, “Quiet
girls are like seedlings,
don’t fear them—
they don’t know enough
to be dangerous.”

I don’t need to join
the bright of the larkspur bud,
to show the strength of beauty
and poison;

you see (probably not),
I’ve already plotted
my way into your mind.
I fight like a girl—
with brains, naturally.

Yes, that’s me you hear
inside your head, cutting,
spreading, taking…


the wee notes…
Larkspur: a stunning plant that can cause excitability, disorientation, muscular twitching, stiffness, seizures, death… The seeds and young plants are especially poisonous.
– Linked to the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads ~ Out of Standard (Signs of the time): Isadora asked us to find an image of a protest sign and use that phrase in a poem that is not political. I chose a sign that read: “I fight like a girl”.

detail from the cover of Fight Like a Girl, by Clementine Ford

41 thoughts on “With Brains”

  1. I love the knowing cunning of the protagonist. I can practically hear the giggles when she realizes she’s been underestimated (again) and is figuring the best way to exploit those assumptions to bring an outcome that satisfies her. And what sort of dark satisfaction she craves is anyone’s guess!

  2. Just brilliant and I do so love her cunning plotting ways.
    Also love your addition to the Charlotte Brontë quote – it had me chuckling before I read your wonderful words.
    Anna :o]

  3. A most exciting piece to read, Magaly. I love the multiple ways the speaker connects with the audience, in text and subtext. A remarkable shout out to feminine voice.

  4. The quote made me chuckle.

    Wow, I love this:
    “I’ve already plotted
    my way into your mind.
    I fight like a girl—”

    … and the last stanza as well.

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