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You would not be surprised to find them
in the 21st century, as willfully stupid
as the ones who tried to thwart you and your
studies, the nunnery your only refuge
to keep control of your body and your mind.
Corrupt old men still run your church,
trying to put women in the one position
of child-bearing although they might prefer
boys for trans-substantiation and protecting
the priestly perverts. By now you’d think
we’d have made some progress, but no,
we’re still trying to wrest control of our bodies
back from Todd Akins and the Virginia Legislature
which has passed a law requiring vaginal
ultrasounds be thrust up into us as we decide
on a heart-breaking solution no one wants to take.
They think the children of rape should not be
optional. How much is wrong with that perception
of God’s Plan I cannot say in a few words.
Lend me some, Sor Juana, in your wisdom.
Robin Scofield is the author of Flow, which was named Southwest Book of the Year in Poetry by the Border Regional Library Association, and Sunflower Cantos, as well as a chapbook, And the Ass Saw the Angel. Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Western Humanities Review, The Texas Observer, Theology Today, Onthebus, The 2River View, Pilgrimage, Cimarron Review, and The Warwick Review. She has poems appearing in West Texas Literary Review, Phantom Drift, and The Ocotillo Review. She writes with the Tumblewords project and lives in El Paso, Texas, with her husband and her Belgian Shepherd dog, Winston.