So much is happening…

Every week NewVerse News publishes poetry that is related to current events. Most publications takes months to read, decide and publish submitted work. But New Verse News shares writer’s immediate reactions. They just published my poem entitled “The Supreme Court Justices Go to the Garage”, which I wrote upon hearing of the recent legal decision to uphold the 1964 Civil Rights Act. It was inspired by a courageous and talented friend named Erica P.

Read it here:

The Supreme Court Justices Go to the Garage

The blue work shirt.

The logo for City Motors. 

Then her name.

The name which used to be Jim, 

embroidered over the left breast.

The left breast which used to be flatter.

The voice, which used to be deeper

Oh, they teased, those other mechanics,

put tampons in the tool box, 

wrote Jennifer in brake fluid 

under the lift, on the toilet mirror.

The garage owner ticked off, weighing the trouble

yet knowing Jennifer was good,

better than good, reliable, 

on time, quick to figure out

the rattle, the hum, the tinny sound that the

others missed. 

Jennifer, not Jim. Now holding up her head.

Doing her job.

The shirt. The name. The breast. The voice. 

A turn of the wrench, a law upheld.

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Gabriella Brand

Gabriella Brand is a writer, adventurer, and educational consultant. She can't stop teaching and learning foreign languages. She would like to walk on all the continents (three more to go!). Her husband is extremely patient and her children are, fortunately, all grown up.

5 thoughts on “So much is happening…”

  1. That is so neat! It would be interesting, the comments on that.I have a gay grandson in California, know that he has had to put up with a lot, but now has a good job, a committed partner – the 2 live in a rented house with Alex’s brother.A total family who don’t care what he is, just who he is – a good person, smart, funny & caring. Sue, his mother & my daughter-in-law, just posted on Facebook an article about a mother supporting a small boy who loves little girl sneakers but thought he should buy boy sneakers. Your poem reminded me of that article. Thanks. You are really good.Judy


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