Not Taking It

We climbed so high
this mountain of man
made obstacles –

I remember the rage,
no more than 9 –
how helpless it felt

a girl in a man’s world
but I climbed anyway,
we climbed anyway

and, instead of a hand up
we get this? Patriarchy
be damned! Your days are
numbered. Mark my words.

(Tuesdays I borrow from Twitter. Image mine)


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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.

17 thoughts on “Not Taking It”

  1. Yesss!! Well said. I try and smash it every day, VJ. Nothing gives me greater pleasure. Love these lines:

    “a girl in a man’s world
    but I climbed anyway,
    we climbed anyway”

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  2. Powerful !
    And while I have lots of thoughts (cos I liked this so much for content and style) and the one thing to add here is the choice to split man and made in the first stanza allows us to feel a few different things
    So if it was on the same line –
    It would have pulled from how each line stood alone

    Like we have this mountain of man
    Sends a unique message and vibe
    And then

    made obstacles –

    Also has this message that we would not have had if the words were joined and hyphenated

    Do you know what I mean ?

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