Terror of the tawdry


I wrote this poem after reading this excellent post.  I’m often mortified by the casual disrespect that men engage in vis-a-vis women, and to my mind, every man is responsible for ending such actions.  That anyone would be forced to “erect defenses” for merely living their lives is an absurd notion.  Let’s relieve a little human suffering by engaging those of the opposite sex with the same respect we ask for ourselves.  If we create a vibrant enough echo perhaps the madness will stop.

The petty
and their predations
can,
therefore, they will.
It's that 
subtle shift
of power
to force a 
nervous target still.
What right
have they
that press
to pronounce an
ill intention?
Drown them all
in a vibrant echo,
and through 
the flood 
erect defenses.
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17 thoughts on “Terror of the tawdry

  1. Saadat Hassan Manto-a renowned Urdu writer-wrote that men only treat the women of their own households as women. The rest, for them, are pieces of carnal meat. They think that they’re disposed at and for their pleasure, whenever they will, wherever they will.
    It’s frikking sad is what it is.

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  2. The only way to create Peace is to Become Peace. This poem speaks so well of this…and yes, it is very sad. But it’s not only women who are treated this way. Male, Female, Elder, Child, it doesn’t matter; is subjugation is the goal of the unsavory heart, we are all potential victims.

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  3. In my opinion, we each have to teach people how we want to be treated. We have to let them know that we have boundaries right off the bat. No…means just that. You don’t always have to speak. You can show by your body language that there is a line that is not to be crossed. Personal space is just that, personal space. My beloved Mother always said: “Charity Begins at Home!” She wouldn’t allow me to disrespect her, myself, or other people. I am thankful for that.

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