Women Do Not Count
Evaders, new women, missing wives go
ice skating in Aldwych, hide in sheds, in haylofts all night.
The March of the Women greets the vanished tonight.
All night they protest in Trafalgar Square, dance at campaign parties.
On the form Dorothy Bowker pens her chutzpah.
There’s a secret password exchange at Denison House,
where suffragettes huddle in rooms, a garret, and cellars.
Charlotte Marsh gives a reading of Ibsen’s forbidden Ghosts.
In the House of Commons Emily Davison dines
on meat lozenges and lime juice until she is discovered, recorded.
Maggie Mackay, ‘A West Coast Psalter’, Kelsay Books