Patricia Ndombe

Poetry by Patricia Ndombe

She Could Just Sit in a Wheelchair by Patricia Ndombe

I put my depression aside
whenever I take care of my grandmother.
But there is always enough time 
to wonder what she thinks of me
as I help lift her out of bed.
She can hear the discs of my back
scrape spine. Screw ergonomics. 
What will I tell her
if she asks of my back?

There is an hourglass that
sits on her forehead. 
She sits up and swallows pills
like I swallow sleep. Grandma,
please, let us get you a wheelchair.

I can hear her tick to the 
beat of a dying analog clock.
Please stop worrying about us.

To Cut Yoko Too Far by Patricia Ndombe

I watched your piece, Yoko
I am terrified

I hear your sighs turn shallow
as people circle close around you
Were you afraid too?

I cursed the men who touched you
The men who snipped at your thighs and your chest,
refusing to drop their masculinity in your divine presence

I cursed the man who circled you,
pulling power from the scissors lying there,
praying you would stay prey as other women in his eyes

I cursed the man who sliced your sleeve
Go home, Pervert,
to the pillow that holds your semen-pee

Did I pierce your piece Yoko?

The women were precious, love
Not predators for at least the
first few minutes of poetry class

I am sorry, Yoko
I have screamed the stereotype
You must forgive me, though many will not

I will now return to the fuming feminist
that my mother knows and loves

Dedicated to Yoko Ono’s “Cut Piece”

About the Poet

Patricia Ndombe is currently an undergraduate poet at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC pursuing a major in English and Creative Writing. She is shaped by a family precisely half African and half African-American. Along with her other passions such as self-care and holistic health, she enjoys writing poetry as a creative outlet that enables her to reflect the world around her, escape the troubles of life, or look at it through another lens. Many of her poems were inspired while struggling with periods of identity uncertainty during her first two years of college, and this turbulent time period has given way to many others.  Patricia has been blessed with the opportunity to publish over ten poems so far this year, including celebrated poems such as:  “Ekeko”, finalist in the 2019 Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multilingual Texts. “I want to be pricked the tongue by a fish hook”, a finalist in the 2019 NC State University Poetry Contest, and “Broughton Dr & Hillsborough St”.

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