Sarah Bracey White’s ekphrastic poem, “I Wonder,” was selected for inclusion in WARC’s “Poetry and Outsider Art Celebration!” The event explored visual and spoken works of art between individuals with disabilities, community artists and local poets. The event took place in April at “Gallery 265″in Hawthorn, NY.
Sarah’s poem, a reflection on “Wonder Woman” by G.G. Kopliak, was displayed and published side-by-side with the artwork in the gallery book and at the festival.
by Sarah Bracey White
I am a girl-child.
Possibilities were tucked
into the pink folds of my baby blanket
and woven into my lullabies.
Under loving eyes, I grew.
Now, I watch everything:
Grandma in high heeled sandals
Mother in yoga pants
Auntie in business suits.
But, it’s the super-heroes who mesmerize me.
Their costumes seem to transform them
from ordinary mortals into wonderous beings
able to do incredible things.
I wear WonderWoman’s color-coded outfit
hoping its lively symbols will speak for me
as I play at being who I’m not,
in a suit that I’m quickly outgrowing.
Somehow, I know that what I now wear
does not define me.
I wonder who I really am? Where I’m going?
And what shall I wear?