Poetically Yours - Ep. 2 'No Longer Virgins' And 'We Are All In Chains'

Aug 14, 2020

Welcome to Poetically Yours, where you'll hear the voices of Illinois poets as they share their words about the world around them. This week, features Aurora's Poet Laureate, Karen Fullett-Christensen. Her poems include, "No Longer Virgins" and "We Are All in Chains."

No Longer Virgins

We have bitten the apple

we have pulled back the curtain

we are no longer virgins

so, what do we do?

Once the forest is breached

the tree has been accessed

wind blows through the branches

you're commanded to act

No more denial

no more excuses

no more turning away

as if nothing was seen

Sitting astride the horns of dilemma

whipping a froth of time-worn cliches

what we thought once was true

we know now won't work.

We Are All in Chains

The world was built on the backs of the weak

and rests there still

no Atlas Superman holds things in place

as mythology taught us

if we strip away the fantasy tales of history

and admit, underneath, the reality

the strong have survived by keeping their knees

on the necks of others

a horrific truth:

Are we ready to listen

are we ready to cut through dishonesty

are we ready to walk away from beliefs

that have held us in chains:

both victims and their overlords?

Aurora Poet Laureate, Karen Fullett-Christensen
Credit Provided by Karen Fullett-Christensen

Fullett-Christensen was born and raised in Chicago.  She graduated from Mather High School and Northern Illinois University. She’s lived in several of Chicago’s south and west suburbs, and in Missoula, Montana.

Fullett-Christensen worked as an urban planning/economic development/grant administrator with the City of Aurora. She retired in December 2012.  Since then she’s been active as a volunteer and member of several groups. These include: The Fox Valley Music Foundation, the Fox Valley Festival Chorus, Books and Bread (book club), the League of Women Voters, the Illinois State Poetry Society, and Aurora Downtown. She’s also the co-founder of a writers’ group called A-Town Poetics.

Fullett-Christensen says she’s been writing poetry for as long as she can remember. She’s self-published 19 poetry manuscripts. In January 2020, Fullett-Christensen was appointed the first poet laureate for the City of Aurora. She will serve until May 2021.