in our place

I guess we feminist woman-loving/man-hating
child devouring witches
of women (which I have been told
I am, just for having a voice
and a mind, and not hiding either)

no longer know our place

and we need to be schooled
on who owns us
and decides
what we can do with
these bodies

because we cannot think
beyond our cycles
please legislate morality
for us and tie it all up
with a pretty pink bow

but it is not life
you defend and protect
it is the place
you would send us to

obedient and voiceless
except to say yes, dear
and please, needing to be daddied
as much as the children
we bear and bear and bear
until

we stagger into the background
to let the next generation
of yes-women
hold you up

while appearing
to have no strength at all
to lift up ourselves

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About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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17 Responses to in our place

  1. nelle says:

    Love it!

    …when in actuality, we exude strength, and it is that which you fear enough to wish to keep it in check.

  2. Rhonda says:

    Hell yeah! To hell with the pink bow…make mine a blinking neon one with the words…”if you can read this…thank a fucking woman cause she gave a shit whether you were born or not, fed or not, nurtured or not, educated or not, and guess what? She didn’t give a shit if you were a boy or a girl!!!” So get over yourselves. Hey…here’s a question for all of you ‘men AND women’ who think women belong in boxes……WHERE WOULD YOU BE WITHOUT YOUR MOTHERS? I’ll tell ya where, NO WHERE! Think about it.

    (ok sfam, off the soapbox)

  3. Sooo non-compliant! A bit rebelliousness is healthy 🙂

  4. Green Speck says:

    A nice read !!!

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