Sunday Poetry: One Woman Trusts Herself with Treasure

Welcome to Sunday Poetry.   If this is your first visit you can read about the purpose and inspiration of my Sunday poetry blogs here.

Today’s poem, Her Head, by poet Joan Murray, celebrates the courage and strength of women.  Since I’m presently reading Cutting for Stone, set in Ethiopia, this had particular resonance for me. It’s a reminder that women throughout the world are performing small miracles to ensure the survival of their families.  That they should have to is worth universal consideration.

Remember there are no quizzes, no right ways to read or contemplate the poem we share.  Absolutely no dissecting allowed.  Just come along for the “read.”  What line, word or thought will you carry with you this week?  If you’d like to tell us where the poem took you?  We’ll listen.


  1. Wanda on April 29, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    “Those with power can keep their power”
    I often feel that it does not matter what I do those with the power are in Charge and they make all decisions. Even in presidential elections Alaska’s vote never matters. The decision is made before our last vote is cast. I will live my life in the way that is beet for me and my family doing what is needed to keep them safe and well cared for.

  2. Liz on April 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm

    Abraham Verghese’s My Own Country is compelling as well.

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