"The Forsaken," by Amy Lowell (read by Xe Sands) by Xe Sands published on 2012/11/09 19:11:13 +0000 GOING PUBLIC 11.9.12 - "The Forsaken," by Amy Lowell http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse/4/1#20570031 This piece has long called to me, but I shied away from offering it for a whole host of reasons. But as I've been thinking quite a bit about what it means and has meant to be a woman, this piece continued to whisper to me to be voiced. There are so many places in the world (heck, in the US) where this woman's anguish would be commonplace. And thinking about this makes me so very angry. Thinking about not only the condemnation by society, but by her own family - that's the truly crushing part. So of course she is torn...of course she asks "Holy Mary" to take away her baby, and thereby her shame, while in the next breath, asking her to save him. Of course she does. She's trying to decide which brand to have burned into her for the rest of her life.