by Regina Jade
I am told That because I am a woman It is my job to yield. I am to be smiling and cheerful, I am to be soft and gentle. I should be like water in the ocean: Adaptable and constant, Welcoming to all who wish to relax And forget their troubles After a long day’s hard work. Never mind that the ocean is angry When it roars during storms. Never mind that the ocean is unmerciful When it swallows houses and beaches whole. Never mind that the ocean is deceptive When it lures the unsuspecting into dangerous riptides. If I am to be the ocean, truly, Then I choose to be a riptide. Calm and smooth on the surface And an inexorable force below To drag down all who expect me to yield. ____
Regina Jade is an Asian American writer and poet. She loves chocolate, custard tarts, and cats. In her spare time, she can be found trawling the depths of libraries for new books to add to the to-be-read pile, which never seems to get any smaller Her recent work appears in Eucalyptus & Rose Literary Magazine and A Coup of Owls, and is also featured in an anthology titled “Imaginary Creatures” from Carnation Books. She tweets from @thereginajade.