Take Back

For Creativity Challenge Day 7: Opposition

For Poets United: Poetry Pantry #330


Take Back

I am an old woman
living alone, remembering.

That night, so long ago,
when the women on campus
participated in a ‘walk about’
to Take Back the Night.

How we sang of being
women, of freedom,
with arms clasped,
around each other,
and hands wrapped
around small burning
candles, laughing
and teasing one another.
Knowing we would never
walk here alone in the darkness.

Because we had been taught
from little on, that we were prey.
Always singly responsible
for making sure the predator
never crossed our path.
But, together, we were strong.
Could resist that fear.

Now, living alone, afraid
of the darkness, I watch creeping
over this land where I live.
This land, where lights of reason
seem to blink out, faster
than can be counted.
Blown out by racing wind
of a Predator far more frightening
than any other. Fueled only by
insatiable greed and hunger
for power.

I reach for small candle
from that long ago night,
but it is so fragile. Only
a faltering flicker of hope
that we might stand up
once again, together, hands
clasped in unity, to Take Back
Our Future.

Elizabeth Crawford  11/27/2016

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Image is a kaleidoscope manipulated photograph.



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13 Responses to Take Back

  1. thotpurge says:

    lights of reason
    seem to blink out, faster
    than can be counted… seems to be the case everywhere these days. Nicely put.


  2. Sumana Roy says:

    in these darker times it’s so important to light even ‘small candle’…a beautiful poem of hope…


  3. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    This land, where lights of reason
    seem to blink out, faster
    than can be counted.

    Wonderfully deep write!


  4. oldegg says:

    It would be a terrible thing to think that the safety of women is being compromised by an impending political change after such a long hard fight for equality and safety. I pray that this is
    not the case.


  5. Jae Rose says:

    A small candle can keep us safe when the world seems dark.. perhaps we can’t take back the night but with much strength can hold onto ourselves xo


  6. Mary says:

    What a powerful poem, Elizabeth. In those old days of taking back the night, one never realized that the night would become even more ominous in time & that such an evil Predator would rise up and lure so many into thinking HE was the ‘light.’ God help us.


  7. Sherry Marr says:

    Oh YES!!!!!!!! Oppose the predator and take back the future. It will come to that, in the days ahead, meanwhile we are in for a sorrowful ride. I adore this poem.


  8. I think in this we can join… I will think of this for every candle that I light… the predator is vile and I feel his breath across the continents.

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  9. ZQ says:

    Björn said it succinctly.


  10. Truedessa says:

    I will light a candle of hope in a changing world


  11. daa1915 says:

    These are indeed troubled times, and I think we need to hold up candles wherever we can.


  12. There is strength in a unified activity. Reality persists in making it apparent that it cannot sustain itself. Adjustments come into play that it’ll make it not just mournful but also necessary for safety’s sake.



  13. Julian says:

    I think this poem refllects the thoughts of many, so well put accross.


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