June Web Feature by Kathryn Pope
Kathryn Pope’s poetry, fiction, journalism, and creative nonfiction have appeared in The Cape Rock, Brushfire, Gulf Stream Magazine, Teleread, Parenting Magazine, and Emerald City. She holds an MFA in creative writing and an MA degree in urban sustainability. Kathryn is a faculty member and writing instructor at Antioch University. She enjoys knitting, spinning yarn, and sending handwritten letters delivered by the postal system.
How to be a Strong Female Character by Kathryn Pope
You’ve got this,
with a family
and a golden retriever who jumps on the couch
like in pharmaceutical commercials.
and learn how to sweat.
When you wake in the night,
do not walk barefoot into the alley
listening for stars
Do not crouch
to see the ants
weaving like lace
around the globe.
Do not feed
for your sins and sins of your ancestors.
Do not lay yourself to rest
as to death,