double standards

she has two children
by two different fathers
you said, as if somehow
that made her less

i traced circles on your chest
wrapped my fingers
in that hair, and pulled
just enough to sting
or draw attention
to my words

that’s what happens
when standards are doubled–
you can walk away
from that other family
no strings

but i have strings, ropes
& lines
i never want to cut

& when we
have a child
that child you say you want


how your lips curled
when you spoke of a woman
just like me

***triggered by this excellent poem: Β

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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26 Responses to double standards

  1. Oh-oh … I think I see your muse at work πŸ˜€ loving it πŸ˜€

  2. George Ellington says:

    Beautifully personal, Susan. And stingingly felt. An admonition that should indeed be heeded. By more than just one man out there.

  3. Green Speck says:

    Wow wow … so full of magic !!!

  4. Doris says:

    Bravo! love how you end this.

  5. unfetteredbs says:

    there is a power to your words always Susan.. and here they are so played out. Ouch

  6. Jeremy Nathan Marks says:

    This is well crafted. What you are saying is pointed but it is not condemning. I like how emotionally rich and layered this is. Very nicely done, Susan.

  7. nelle says:

    Yes. Such judgements make me a bit north of goofy. Well done, you at your best.

  8. Power packed and spot on, Susan. My mother has two of us with different fathers. I read Polly’s poem and I felt like punching someone.

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