Paens of Womens Writing

Perusing the southern history room of Birmingham’s Linn Henley Library downtown is an experience that I savor.

So much history is about men by men, but there is a rich history of women if one is willing to look. It exists in journals, letters, and more.

So much has been lost or tossed as of no consequence. But some have been preserved for us if we know where to look.

Paeans

praise for the paeans

flowing from a woman’s pen

that told their story

quietly they rail

assail anonymity

filling silent pages

pen in hand they stand

long lines of women through time

countless pages writ

journals letters more

words telling the history

men tend to

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