Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Woman

Woman is a moonblind vessel.
Woman is a mewling child.
Woman is the bringer of downfall.
Woman is weaker and wild.

Woman is a nurturing harlot.
Woman must be controlled.
Woman must birth to be blessed.
Woman, spread your legs when you're told.

Woman emasculates
when woman doesn't go where she's led.
Woman is much like a "savage."
The only good woman is dead.

For Open Link Night at dVerse

30 comments:

Laurie Kolp said...

Now I'm thinking about the woman who lost both her legs saving her children from the tornadoes (which I would do, too). I think she'd have been of no help dead.

Mark Windham said...

So many contrast; child, destroyer, giver of life, 'nurturing harlot', savage..... No wonder we men are always confused.

hedgewitch said...

You can pretty much just recycle my comment from the preceding poem--the vibe behind this the little girl so often internalizes is one of the saddest things there is.

Daydreamertoo said...

Without her, where would men be? :)

Pat Hatt said...

Yep, leaving me in the confused state of la la land, women are too many things..haha

Brendan said...

You caught every nastiness lurking just under the surface of a bunch of white dudes, a festering that their talk show moron Rush blurted out with a few words the other day. - Brendan

PoppySilverUK said...

Oh wow! The femaile form in unique gatherings of imagery :) Excellent poem! Makes the reader dwell on the imagery a lot! Poppy

Buddah Moskowitz said...

This poem and the previous have the voice that Randy Newman calls "The Untrustworthy Narrator." :) The sing-songy cadences of the verses underscore their use as a tool of dysfunctional female socialization.

By the way, did I mention this was a good poem? It was. :)

Mary said...

Intense, intense, intense! The ending surprised me, and I want to shout NO!!!!

ab said...

At first I thought "harsh", but it's only harsh because it's our shared reality. It's the deadly undertone that shades the representation of women everywhere even We, the mighty, liberated women of the west.

Arron Shilling said...

harsh, hard and tough but oh so freakin real :I

Audrey Howitt aka Divalounger said...

I have known men thought like this--though not many and I weed them out soon--but always a disturbing sense when I run across it---Beautifully captured--

Brian Miller said...

hard read...and i guess some live in such ignorance you know...nice dance to your words though MZ

Fireblossom said...

Perfect for Super Tuesday. Unfortunately.

I'm ironing my burka. Thinkin I may need it.

Fred Rutherford said...

damn. strong emotional piece. The repetition does a tremendous job hammering the notion down. You take a technique and make it your own, I first noticed it with your haikus, then with your ability to get into character, with dialect et al, and now these past couple days you've been painting some powerful statement pieces. You're awesome, no other way to put it. Thanks

Fred Rutherford said...

damn. strong emotional piece. The repetition does a tremendous job hammering the notion down. You take a technique and make it your own, I first noticed it with your haikus, then with your ability to get into character, with dialect et al, and now these past couple days you've been painting some powerful statement pieces. You're awesome, no other way to put it. Thanks

Tara said...

woman, so many things...even the things they are called, named, and not. really, really nice write.

ayala said...

Powerful words, Mama Zen.

Sylvia K said...

Powerful words indeed. We women are a lot of things -- I hope most of us are better than this and that we end up in better shape.

Charles Miller said...

Terrible words. Unfortunately too true in the minds of many men in this country and around the world.

ds said...

Fools. They can never remember that without us, they would not be. Powerful stuff ma'am. Thank you.

Steve King said...

A very tough portrait...but for some, I guess, it's a photo of reality. Your simple and unrelenting statements make for a very disquieting read, but a fine job of pulling these pieces together nonetheless.

Claudia said...

it is pretty d...sad that nothing of this is invented...there are people out there that still have that woman picture...and this makes me angry and sad..

rumoursofrhyme said...

There are more men who think like this than there should be - 1 would be too many - but we're not all like that.

A powerful, disturbing piece which, I suspect, will be ignored by those who most need the kick in the guts (or lower) that it delivers.

G-Man said...

A tad harsh...

myheartslovesongs said...

well, shit, girl! don't mince your words here....

damn! you pack a powerful punch with this one, MZ!

excellent writing, though an excruciatingly painful and honest assessment.

did you know Thursday, March 8th is International Women's Day? and one of the theme's is "connecting girls, inspiring futures" ~ i'll have a post going up in the morning, but here's the link to the site ~
http://internationalwomensday.com

Anonymous said...

Whew, this is good stuff. These are my favorite lines:

"Woman is weaker and wild."
"Woman is a nurturing harlot."
"Woman emasculates
when woman doesn't go where she's led."

I like the caveman feel created by no-naming her, just calling her "Woman." I can almost feel a tug on my hair.

~Shawna
rosemarymint.wordpress.com

Anonymous said...

I love the sarcasm here---the expression of what some men want in their deepest places, and all the negative views forced upon and engrained in the psyche.

I love "moonblind." If you can't see the moon, you must not be able to look upward, to reach beyond yourself ... an empty vessel of function not introspection, understanding, or knowledge of this world and beyond.

I think "nurturing harlot" is exactly what most men are interested in obtaining. :)

~Shawna
rosemarymint.wordpress.com

Beth Winter said...

harsh, hard-edged... Are there people who really think this of us?

jackie dick said...

I guess there are those mysogynists who think the only good woman is one who is dead...How terribly sad and ugly. but the poem resonates...well crafted