Oppression’s Child

This outer toughness
just conditioning
a baby alligator
that’s me

Raised in a swamp
Eat or be eaten!
family mantra, and
Deal with it!

I know it’s a lot
to take in
see the disbelief
in civilized eyes

Resistance to oppression
begets deeper wounds
Fear taught me well
Survival, they say, of the fittest.

(For Reena’s Xploration challenge: featured image is prompt.)

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Permission to write, paint, and imagine are the gifts I gave myself when chronic illness hit - a fair exchange: being for doing. Relevance is an attitude. Humour essential.

37 thoughts on “Oppression’s Child

  1. I like this, because it feels like it’s getting through layers. Good to understand this background perspective. There is this telling and original line: “Resistance to oppression
    begets deeper wounds”

    Wow. True that. I can relate. πŸ™ŒπŸ’›

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  2. I’ve copy-pasted the link. Looks like the pingback hadn’t worked.

    I like how you juxtapose ‘civilised wisdom’ with native survival skills. Resistance begets deeper wounds – is a very deep statement to ponder on. Abuse prospers on this base.

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  3. just supporting a friend through this now … oppression has trounced her but hopefully she will let us help her to escape 😦

    Nobody should know this, baby alligator or not!

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      1. she’s made a huge step agreeing to a weeks holiday with two kids… pray she gets to her nephews wedding too! They are huge steps which will have impact one way or another

        I’m praying he’s all hot air and backs down when she calls him out …

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