Equality

Two mothers were wefrozen in disbeliefas smoke rose Cried for the lossesfor our childrenfor a future devoidof peace Two mothershand-in-handshattered A Christianand a Muslim War destroys all dreams. (Image my own.)

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Shadow Dancing

Inessential am I ghost of a woman burden avoidance Imperfect am I each flaw a step towards deepening blue And yet,  I exist purpose unknown shadow dancing. (Image: Self-portrait)

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Coming of Age

Green eyes captivate, he whispers, warm hand resting on youthful thigh Stomach somersaults reviled by whiskey breath yellowed fingers clutching Not these eyes! I stand tossing my drink in his face; coming of age moment.

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Corporate Inequality

Wore green shoes – a shock of colour to highlight business – attire aimed to succeed. Walked ten blocks rode fourteen floors passed security, heels continually clicking. Navigating male-dominated passages, I was driven ignored patronizing comments exercised for corporate ladder But the lies, the betrayal, the dirty little secrets, they taunted me – sold me […]

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Shallow Measures

Didn’t have to say it – read between the lines, the “and you too” as an afterthought pathetic attempt to cover truth – ugly I was, unlike sisters whose beauty raved Only in flashbacks, time gifting objectivity do I see it wasn’t true – depth shines through. (Image from personal collection.)

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Mind Games

What harbinger is this and why am I not convinced? Cynicism wants concretes, feeds complaints, exaggerates, retreats Need to confront this wall-building, fight to retain Spirit’s message – deescalate fear’s grip. (For Reena’s Exploration challenge#119.  Image from personal collection.)  

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Window Cleaning

Married addiction adopted denial settled for basics Espoused spirituality ignored infidelity, pulled down the blinds. Believed compassion could compensate for indifference. Limited my outlook to windows, too insecure to de-smudge the pane. Missed the gaping doorways, the blatant rudeness of belligerent disrespect Till withdrawal prompted accountability, commanded ownership, changed the lock. (Image from personal collection.)

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I Am Eve

I am Eve living with accusations storage full Commissioned to clear the backlash of parked myths – vessels in need of repair The path is uneven littered with stones thrown, still I proceed, plan Patriarchy stands by smugly vilifying I am the snake Deceit my foe control my folly battling a lost cause Till rebirth […]

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Eating Wiener Schnitzel

He craves Wiener Schnitzel and egg rolls – complicated request – they settle on Austrian, forgo the Chinese. Noise of the place disconcerts her – rather be home or somewhere quieter (though she’d never say), insecurity slides in as resentment pulls up a chair – How is she dining here with indifference? Restaurants take her back when […]

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It’s Time, Women

It’s time to resurrect our confidence, recapture the sensitivity of intuitive knowing, acknowledge the power of our resiliency; we are women merciful companions healers attending Divinity’s passage, peace-seekers directing life’s journey. Too long have we equated self-esteem with patriarchal agendas, disappointed with our inability to meet media standards, blamed ourselves for divorce, disease, staying home […]

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