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Riehlife Poem of the Day: Sandra Kohler’s “Why a Woman Can’t Be a Pope”

Nina Night by Eden Maxwell
Nina's Night 22" x 17" by Eden Maxwell

The Country of Women (1995): CALYX Books "Sandra Kohler's poems find art in the mundane, the sacred, and the profane. Examining woman's experience as sexual being, as mother, and as artist, Kohler reveals what it means to live in a woman's body." -from the cover

Why a Woman Can’t Be Pope

by Sandra Kohler

Section V of “The Country of Women”
The Country of Women

Everyone knows that under her robes,
there would be breasts,
the nipples brown raspberries,
a sloping mound, furred,
the cleft in the fur, where
a tongue fits, furled layers,
lips, between them the tunnel
into the last world.

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  1. Wow! Absorbing Eden's art and Sandra's poetry, I find my self asking the question, Who needs a Pope? Art is a religion of its own.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

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