July 31, 2016

Meryl Stratford

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE WORLD

They lost their glass slippers on the palace steps.
They saw visions of martyrs on stained-glass windows.

They imagined a different world beyond the looking-glass.
They crossed the ocean in a glass-bottom boat.

They struggled up the slopes of a slippery glass mountain.
No one warned them about the glass cliff.

They spent a lifetime cleaning sliding-glass doors.
They examined their glass, half empty, half full.

They threw rock concerts in their mothers’ glass houses.
Their daughters crashed through the highest glass ceiling.

Poets Respond
July 31, 2016

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Meryl Stratford: “Will we finally break through the world’s most visible glass ceiling?”