Yes, there was poetry at the Olympics in the olden days. But no, not until 1900 were there any women! This was because Pierre de Coubertin thought it would be “impractical, uninteresting, unaesthetic, and incorrect,” according to an article at TopEndSports.com. Harumph!
Thankfully, however, due to Title IX and some very brave pioneers from all over the world, the tide has turned. According to the LA Times, this year’s Games had already made history before the opening ceremony. For the first time ever, all of the participating countries have sent female athletes to compete. And the good ole’ USA even has more women than men (8), also for the first time. We’ve come a long way, baby!
And now, for today’s poem: It’s “A Song in the Front Yard,” from A Street in Bronzeville, Harper, 1945, by Gwendolyn Brooks, an amazing woman I had the honor of meeting when I was a child. Please go here for the poem itself.