Nevertheless, She Persisted

Posted: February 9, 2017 in Political Wrangling
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A poem by me, with apologies to Dylan Thomas:

Nevertheless, She Persisted

Nevertheless, she persisted.

Live women fighting we shall be one

With la Liberté and the French Joan;

When their hearts are picked clean and the clean hearts gone,

She shall wear laws at elbow and foot;

Though she go mad she will be sane,

Though she flees through the sea she shall rise again;

Though justice be lost the just shall not;

For nevertheless, she persisted.


Nevertheless, she persisted.

Over the whinings of their greed

Men lying long have now lied windily;

Changing their tacks when stories give way,

Stacking their courts, yet we shall not break;

Faith in our hands shall snap in two

And the unicorn evils run them through;

Split all ends up she shan’t crack;

And nevertheless, she persisted.


Nevertheless, she persisted.

No more may Foxes cry in decline

Or news break loud to a silenced room;

Where fawned a follower may a follower no more

Bow his head to the blows of this reign;

Though she be mad and tough as nails,

Her headlines in characters hammer the dailies;

Break in the Sun ‘till the Sun breaks down,

As nevertheless, she persisted.

  1. morgan sheridan says:

    And I wept.

  2. Christel says:

    When will you put out a book of poetry? Your poems are so powerful. This one in particular puts me in mind of Edna St. Vincent Millay–modern issues with timeless emotion and allusions to myth and heraldry. Could you add a poetry tag/category so it’s easier to find the ones you have posted?

    • fozmeadows says:

      Thank you so much! I could never publish this one, as it’s a direct rephrase of Dylan Thomas’s ‘And Death Shall Have No Dominion’, but I may at some point look into releasing a collection 🙂

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