where the bridge called my back bends

can’t raise boys
to be men

prepare daughters
protect sons

soundbites proclaim
a woman’s work

is never right
leaving you guessing

am i chaste
enough

am i frugal
enough

am i strong
enough

am i vulnerable
enough

have i stood
enough

did i sit
enough

is this cleanliness
saintly

my house
a santuary

for them to
worship or descecrate

have i given
enough

have i been
enough

is this where
i submit

or put on
my warrior’s armour

who approves me after
they use me

am i to be
left nothing

of me

there is no
discreet meter

measuring out
the just rightness

of a properly parenting
mother

its all
bullshit

at some point
for sanity’s sake

step out of
the confines

society describes
your proper role

limiting you
to madonna  or whore

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in the tenets of sexism there lies one essential lie – women are less than. every time a woman no matter her color, creed, religion, or bank account balance pushes back she is declared even more loudly to be – less than. you feel it every time you speak up. you experience every time you imagine yourself to be moving in the right direction. it is not a figment of your imagination – the naysayers, prosecutors, deniers, and straight haters are real. they are monsters waiting outside the sanctuary where your soul goes to collect itself. your primary objective is to deny them a single inch. this is war. it has always been war. it will always be war. you are the prize.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. All those questions for a mother. Yes

    1. All these contradicting standards for mothers…

  2. heyannis says:

    And you are just “warming up”. Yes and Amen. xoA
    “there is no
    discreet meter
    measuring out
    the just rightness
    of a properly parenting
    mother
    its all
    bullshit”

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