Fly Girls Linda McCauley Freeman
You walked on wings, hung upside
down, flew under bridges in planes
no sturdier than mother’s ironing board.
How did it feel to first rupture the sky?
Hair unbound, bobbed, wind whipping
your powdered faces in open cockpits.
Newspapers loved your lip-sticked smiles,
clocked miles, loops and dashes, dubbed you
Fly Girls as the world tried to swat you down.
Your planes broke midair, broke bones,
bodies, engulfed you in flames,
They should have called you Icarus.
Hurled back to earth again and again,
as if God slapped his palm against you,
proclaimed, “Thou shalt not soar.”
Still you rose. Pushed yourselves
against man and nature. Elinor flew 26 hours,
21 minutes. Florence flipped 1078 loops.
Louise and Blanche tucked the 1936 Bendix
title into purses. History held up only
Amelia’s final failure. Still we rise.
Previously published in The Poet, a U.K.-based journal
Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.”
The Emblazoned Soul - A Literary Review is a small, grassroots publication supporting writers from all backgrounds, giving them a voice, and empowering them to continue inspiring both themselves, and others. An emblazoned soul is imprinted and adorned with the marks and scars of life experiences, victories, losses, and everything in between. And too, much like a Phoenix, an emblazoned soul rises from the ashes, still burning brightly, but rather than pain, the emblazoned soul experiences freedom, liberation, the breaking of it's chains, and the ability to rise, far above even it's own perceived limitations.
The Emblazoned Soul - A Literary Review seeks work which is raw, compelling, and representative of the inspirations which drive you to write, survive, rise, and thrive, no matter the dents and scars which brought you there. Entries of poetry and prose, photography, and short stories are accepted, and are sought 3 times per year, beginning in September, January, and May, with publications released in December, April, and August.
UPCOMING SUBMISSION THEMES
RISE AGAIN / Winter 2022
Poetry, prose, photography, and short stories sharing the victorious rising of the fallen, despite the odds, and thriving in the face of adversity and failure.
HEART ON FIRE / Spring 2023
"Love" is a relative term, and there are so many things which light a fire within our souls within the realms of love. Pain, heartache, passion, carnality, and all of the emotions we often experience - write about it all! Poetry, prose, photography, and short stories welcome.
THE UNBROKEN / Summer 2023
Getting knocked down is something we've all faced, but the beauty is in how we rise from the fall. Poetry, prose, photography, and short stories tell of those victories and the hallowed memories and feelings we live through to get there.
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