I was going to write something on this, have it in drafts, but this–this is just right.



By Any Other Name

I want it to hurt,” he said,
(meaning,it hurt).

Though she did not get pregnant,
(meaning, perhaps, that the pain was ‘legitimate,’)

even though he had no gun,
(if a hard sell for‘forcible.’)

Still, her body, it seemed, shut down,
(meaning, hurt)

for some period afterwards

as he forced himself, these times, into her head,
(which is to say, as he hurt her),

just as he had wanted,
(no matter what words you use),

and she had not.


The above is a draft poem written in response to the remarks of Todd Akin, six=term Missouri Representative and current Senatorial candidate,  about the lack of need for a rape exception for abortion bans due to his “understanding” that many women’s bodies “shut down” during “legitimate” rape and thereby avoid pregnancy.  Many Republicans have distanced themselves from…

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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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  1. Deborah Avila says:

    sorry I can’t comment much but I sprained my hand 😦 this is a keeper! I prefer you however miss “expert in nothing ” You’re a gem! Mwaaaah!

  2. I heard this on BBC this morning as I was preparing for work and I was appalled!

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