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Moon for Our Daughters

Moon that is linking our daughters’
Choices, and still more beginnings,
Threaded alive with our shadows,

These are our bodies’ own voices,
Powers of each of our bodies,
Threading, unbroken, begetting

Flowers from each of our bodies.
These are our spiraling borders
Carrying on your beginnings,

Chaining through shadows to daughters,
Moving beyond our beginnings,
Moon of our daughters, and mothers.

Credit


Copyright © 2016 by Annie Finch. Originally published in Poem-a-Day on November 9, 2016, by the Academy of American Poets.

About this Poem


“I read the first version of ‘Moon for Our Daughters’ as part of the ritual for my own menopause, around the time that my daughter was entering adolescence. Like any spell, it works best when spoken aloud.”
—Annie Finch

Author


Annie Finch

Annie Finch is the author of Spells: New and Selected Poems (Wesleyan University Press, 2013). She teaches online in the Poetcraft Circles and lives in Portland, Maine.

Date Published: 2016-11-09

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/moon-our-daughters