The Art of Acquiescence

Paula Modersohn-Becker “Die Klagender Frauen” (1902)


The Art of Acquiescence

By Margaret Crocker



To be a woman
in this world
is to bend and curve and slip around its corners
like a snake in the river.

The river has always been there,
the current
and the rocky banks,
the tangle of roots,
a snapping turtle,
a stray foot
or fish just larger than you.
Your role is not to disturb, no.
Look at you!
You have no bones to do so!

All you want is a bug,
a minnow,
a stray lizard,
and a warm rock.
But the foot is there,
the current
and the hook.
And you will contort yourself
to meet them all.


About the Author: Margaret Crocker is an artist, writer, wife, mother, daughter, sister and thief. She collects stray animals and has this weird fantasy of being on The Great British Baking Show, despite the fact she uses a bread machine. She knows little but proclaims much. There is much we don’t know about her.

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1 Response to The Art of Acquiescence

  1. Daria Jackson says:

    I loved it !

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