My poem on Whisper and the Roar as a response to the Feminist Title Challenge. Coem read the other jaw-dropping responses.
There are rules to be followed
guidelines to be remembered
regulations to be followed
to the T.
before I can call myself a woman
a lady like appearance–
an ever-present grin on my face
smiling from ear to ear,
just to ease you into the life
as you please.
I should bow down in obedience
should never raise my voice
walk with the stoop of discipline
and eat with your hand.
With the freedom, you have handed me on the plate
Like I was the chosen one, you see
Oh! that skirt is a little shorter than we expected
see it clearly fails to keep those lurking demon
inside their skin.
Now, you have shown them
too much flesh
now they will come out
will rip you into shreds
and devour your soul from within.
“I told you” they will say
keep your voice down
the patriarchy can’t handle you…
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