The Cook

She’s in the kitchencleaning, preppingsweetness, wishes to nurture childlikelongings – sugar ladengifts, honeyed chops hooks her men withculinary preciseness –as legend prescribes wants a strong, reliabletype to stir her ovarieskeep her dishing up love Disappointment, like raw eggdrips off china plates –shame of misadventuresshe cannot scrub away only serves tea now –the smell of liquormingled […]

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Flee The Cult

A life of servitude,the guru said,surely leads to Nirvana No debate permitted –we are but plebesanswer his every need mere women, bornto serve, to nurture… I flee the cult Why? Because I can.Servitude does notnegate free will. (Tuesdays, I borrow from Twitter @Vjknutson. Image my own.)

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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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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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The Key

Found a key stashed away forgotten origin unknown purpose equally mysterious an inkling seeping regret – too late realization dawns – I’m the keeper and the treasure – hold the power, except No one told me. Gave it all away Found a key stashed away lock long broken. (This poem was inspired by the image […]

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A Mother Seldom Asks

Where does a woman store her dreams while children need chauffeuring and parents’ health is in decline? What goal does she dare strive for, that won’t supersede obligation, nor tax already waning energy? Why is it that her efforts – exceeding expectations – often fail, demanding more? How does she keep hope alive when illness […]

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An Aged Feminist Perspective

I am teacher, tending to budding feminists – persecuted for their giftedness, depravity a stink that trails them – defined by sanitary napkin advertisements, comfort ridiculed; I falter, my own rage stifling responsibility… I am grandmother, overseeing the growth of a new era, promoting autonomy, watch as dependence settles in, how we whitewash human depravity […]

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Women Are Red

Women bleed – red blots in an otherwise black and white world – have learned the language, yet feel like foreigners, undermined by nuances; travel this patriarchal landscape, would-be leaders whose compassion like blood unsettles the ambitious, too exhausted to play the game corporate agendas do not align with weary-hearted mothers who would slow progress […]

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