• The Women of Venice – Jim Smith
• In The City – Lynette
• Four Daughters – Lynne Bronstein
• Wolf Woman – krista schwimmer
• Green Shoes/Zapatos Verdes – Antonieta Villamil
• .Mysterious, the woman – RF Wagner
• Toe Dancing in the Snow – Cristina Rojas
The Women of Venice
By Jim Smith
Venice is a feminine town.
Here, we take time to talk and walk
and admire the beauty that surrounds us.
Women of Venice paint the murals.
Women of Venice help the homeless.
Women of Venice stand up to free Venice.
Venice is a matriarchy.
It is The Lady, not The Man,
who inspires our poets.
Women of Venice sing our songs.
Women of Venice help women in need.
Women of Venice sustain the Beachhead.
And it is the women who hear
Mother Earth telling us
to balance our city with nature.
Women of Venice run our stores.
Women of Venice run our homes.
Women of Venice watch over our canals.
We live by the womb of the world.
From the sea we love came all life,
and the female spirit of Venice.
But Los Angeles, built for the Queen of the Angels,
was stolen by men whose greed
and craving for land knew no bounds.
Now, L.A. treats Venice
like the victim in a bad marriage
battered by developers and gentrifiers.
Someday, O someday,
Venice will be serene and at peace
when we men learn to act more like women.
Toe Dancing in the Snow