What are we women
seen as other
wife or whore or mother
by these men
as they gaze
and file us away
in their men’s index box
under headings
we are defined
by our reproductive
entertaining
decorative
usefulness
and are disposed of
if we get it wrong
O My Sisters
we are harmed
hurt
damaged
killed
by these men
as they judge our lives
and find us flawed
by the men’s standards
by the men’s rules
by the men’s definitions
O My Sisters
we will rise together
and say No More
we can resist
the blast
the words we hear
the images of ourselves we see
we will breathe again
we will fight
we will rise together

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