No More Rachels

What if there were no more Rachels
Striding, graceful and confident, to the well?

Each woman would cast her eyes down
When a man looked at her
And she would think:
My breasts are too small
My mouth is too wide,
My hair is the wrong color.

What if there were no more Rachels ..?

Janet Ruth Heller has published poetry in Women: A journal of Liberation, Earth’s Daughters, The Reconstructionist. and other magazines. She is an editor of Primavera. a women’ s literary magazine based in Chicago.

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