Gillian Joseph

truth is beauty 

What would the world be like if women were safe?
If we could tilt our heads back and look into the
night sky to count the stars ablaze 

without worrying about the lurking gaze that is
eyeing us with want to attack What would the
world be like if women were safe? 

If we could in moonlight bathe under the guidance
of Artemis’ almanac and look into the night sky to
count the stars ablaze 

thinking only of how the constellations interlace
and not of how we would escape should a figure
appear in the pitch black What would the world be
like if women were safe? 

If we found ourselves dancing atop the grave of a
society which has tried to suffocate us under
flowers of lilac and look into the night sky to count
the stars ablaze 

while the soles of our feet and palms of our hands
move in a ballet of grace celebrating our
sisterhood and wit and tact What would the world
be like if women were safe? 

Practice listening closely to the heart which beats
always notice the femininity of Earth’s cardiac and
look into the night sky to count the stars ablaze 

Offer your silence as a sign of understanding to
outer space allow the sights and sounds to act as
an amnesiac What would the world be like if
women were safe?

Let the divinity of us flood your airways prepare for
it to wash away the male egomaniac and look into
the night sky to count the stars ablaze. What
would the world be like if women were safe?

About the author: Gillian Joseph is a 21-year-old queer Ihaŋktoŋwaŋ Dakota woman who grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. The importance of storytelling in her family and culture has encouraged Gillianto share her voice with others since she was a young girl. Now, she finds poetry to be a means of self-exploration and self-healing as she navigates the world around her and pursues a Masters degree in Cross-Cultural Psychology.