Ingrid Bruck is wild flower gardener and a poet inspired by nature. She lives in Amish country in Pennsylvania. This site shocases selected works by her.

Free Woman - Published by: I Am Not A Silent Poet

Free Woman

After Langston Hughes


Let America be America again,

Where sheiks turn the firehouse into a temple


Where wearing a turban won’t get you shot

And a man slapped to the floor doesn’t get his ribs kicked


Let America be America again

A science museum turned into a classroom where Chinese artisans craft


Where visiting the zoo isn’t for the bear eating the preacher

And that preacher ain’t no geek in the corner wearing a dunce cap


Let America be America again,

Where children sleek as rabbits climb the jungle gym


Hang upside down on monkey bars,

Walk balanced on top of a fence rail


Slight and slim, they run its length unafraid of falling 

As I once did on a fallen oak over a stream


Let America be America again,

Where a girl jeered by boys as a slut


Claims her place in the world as a woman,

Owns her own body and sex


Goes alone in the woods to pick mayflowers,

spring gems hidden in seams of brown leaves


Picks silver words in sunlight from wild white pigeons,

And after a firefly flashes, uncovers the tremble of dark



Date Published:  March 11, 2018

Honeysuckle Heat - Published by: Nature Writing: You Are Nature, Writing