Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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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.

* * *


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

[To be continued ...]
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