Khaleesi Says

By Leah Umansky Leah Umansky

Game of Thrones

In this story, she is fire-born:
knee-deep in the shuddering world.

In this story, she knows no fear,
for what is fractured is a near-bitten star,
a false-bearing tree,
or a dishonest wind.

In this story, fear is a house gone dry.
Fear is not being a woman.

I’m no ordinary woman, she says.
My dreams come true.

And she says and she is
and I say, yes, give me that.

Source: Poetry (January 2014).


This poem originally appeared in the January 2014 issue of Poetry magazine

January 2014
 Leah  Umansky


Leah Umansky is the author of Domestic Uncertainties (BlazeVOX, 2013) and the Mad Men-inspired chapbook, Don Dreams and I Dream (Kattywompus Press, 2014).

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SUBJECT Social Commentaries, Gender & Sexuality, Popular Culture, Mythology & Folklore, Fairy-tales & Legends

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