Background: I wrote this poem in honor of my mother, a physician. I was inspired by slam poetry and multiple listens of Beyonce’s LEMONADE. Can’t say this is one of my stronger poems, but I wanted to pay tribute to my mom, who took a very different life path from mine but really is one of the strongest, most inspiring women I know. In addition to the other cool lady poets in here besides Beyonce (namely, Emily Dickinson and Sleater-Kinney), I’d like to cite Tan Yunxian and Tuyouyou as inspirations.
The Imperial Doctress
Like a gathering swarm,
She stands the locust storm
Lady in funereal white!
You know a womb gives you life
But a woman preserves, she Vishnu-like
Medicine goes down in sugar spoons
And blood and moons and drowned platoons
Cuz by Artemisia, she moxibusts monsoons
Of malarial dunes and menstrual swoons
She hefts oppression like cathedral tunes
Reigning physician of the Ming,
She don’t gotta give it up cuz she’s professional
Yeah, she’ll leave those dull lads behind