Poem: The Queen of Brooklyn—R.B.G. (1933–2020)

She was the queen of Brooklyn
although she wore no gold crown
except in the public’s imagination
and on t-shirts. Instead
her apparel of choice was
a white frilly lace collar
that framed her black judicial robe.
Her dissenting collar
she called it
and she wore it with pride
like an ancient warrior
a modern-day Boudica
prepping for war.

She dissented
in the name of justice
in the name of fairness
in the name of equality
for you, for me, for everyone.

June Sawyers
June Sawyers

June Sawyers has published more than 25 books. Her work has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, New City, San Francisco Chronicle, and Stagebill. She teaches at the Newberry Library and is the founder of the arts group, the Phantom Collective.

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