with one wing, her wing to heaven

By Todd Stoll

In this poem I want to convey the current oppression of women’s bodily autonomy in the U.S. through symbols of broken wings and hands controlling car wheels towards crash landings. The heroine of my poem courageously overcomes both attempts to keep her down, and soars upward in defiance of fundamentalist patriarchal laws.


Todd Stoll is a poet devoted to social justice. He believes in the importance of finding courage to stand up for the rights of all. His first demonstration for women’s rights was the 1979 March on Washington, and he has been marching since. He hopes my words will move you to act, too.