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Poem: "Always Carry Your Goodness"

This is the linkback perk for the Tuesday, December 4, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was originally hosted by Dreamwidth user Dialecticdreamer.  It is spillover from the November 6, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl.  This poem was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Gingicat.  It belongs to the Fortressa thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.


"Always Carry Your Goodness"

[Monday, August 4, 2014]

It wasn't love,
or at least, it wasn't
what Fortressa had
come to think of as love.

She would miss Socket terribly
if they weren't together, but then, she
would miss anyone in the Pit Group.

Socket more than the others, though.

It wasn't love, but they did things
together that weren't sex.

Fortressa wasn't into sex,
and Socket supported that.

It had taken a nuclear crisis for
Fortressa to learn that Socket
even had feelings for her.

They were feeling their way
through the muddle that
had made of their lives.

So they worked on
the battlesuit together, and
ate Chinese takeout right out of
the carton, and watched television.

Socket had gotten Fortressa hooked
on one of her favorite Eastern programs,
Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less.

It was about suffragettes and other feminists
living in Boston during the Gilded Age. They
fell in love or friendship. They struggled
to support themselves and each other.

They did it all without men.

When Evie told Harriet that she
was a good woman no matter
what her mother said about her,
Fortressa maybe melted a little bit.

"Wherever you go, madam,
it will matter little what you carry.
You will always carry your goodness,"
Socket whispered, quoting a book.

Fortressa wasn't sure about love, but
she understood comfort and kindness.

She wasn't sure about a lot of things,
really, but she was sure about Socket.

That was really kind of awesome.

* * *

Notes:

“Wherever you go, madam, it will matter little what you carry. You will always carry your goodness.”
Henry James, The Bostonians

“We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.”
David Mamet, Boston Marriage

Boston marriages between two women could be lesbian, queerplatonic, simple friendship, or who knows what else.

Explore easterns as a genre.

Women, Their Rights and Nothing Less is a Boston marriage show about suffragettes and other feminists living in Boston during the Gilded Age. They fall in love or friendship, struggle to support themselves, and choose to base their lives primarily around other women. It launched in 2013 and is currently running.
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