Rice Cakes

White women,

taught by society

to be ordinary,

round and flat

as the rice cakes

my father eats,

crumbs on his chin.

White women

with no history,

plain as the middle,

not the lead or the last,

safe,

taught to claim no history,

no pride;

oppressed,

not daring to complain

or rise up in yeasty rebellion.

Enduring characters on canvas,

oil paintings of farm girls

staring off in the distance,

child-bearers,

bearing the changing world

without consideration,

excitement or flourish.

2015 copyright by Katie Pifer available at http://www.witchpetals.wordpress.com

Original art by Andrew Wyeth, “Christina’s World” 1948

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