The Other Woman

Kimberly L. Becker

I wake to blood-bloomed eye,
              broken vessel,
vivid vestige of a violent dream

              Why not?
Dreams are not some passive passage
There we war and also find the solace of our soul

This carnadine blossom in porcelain white
cries, See? I vision past
              what you can see mere waking

It was a tough fight
              but we won with a hard right
cross and you should see the other, knockout, woman

Kimberly L. Becker
Kimberly L. Becker

Kimberly L. Becker is a member of Wordcraft Circle of Native Writers and Storytellers and is of Cherokee/Celtic/Teutonic descent. Her poems appear in numerous journals and anthologies, including the “First Books” issue of Beltway Poetry Quarterly. Words Facing East (WordTech Editions, 2011) is her first book of poetry. She is the recipient of a 2011 Individual Artist Award in Poetry from the Maryland State Arts Council. A grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (MD) funded her study of Cherokee language, history, and culture in Cherokee, NC. She has also been awarded residencies at Hambidge and Weymouth and was a featured reader for “Native Writers in DC” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian. Current projects include adapting Cherokee myths into plays for the Cherokee Youth in Radio Project at the Cherokee Youth Center, also in Cherokee, NC.