Poem of the Week, by Ginny Lowe Connors

It is impossible to be a woman, it is impossible to be a woman: a mantra I chant to myself at some point almost every day. This mantra is usually comforting, in a weird way, because it reminds me I didn’t make this suffocating, cruel, abusive system we live in, nor am I alone in it.

Not today, though. Not with an illegitimate supreme court. Not with sanctimonious zealots who believe my religion doesn’t count but theirs does. Not with minority rule that wants to force us into cages. Maybe they think if they just keep saying no, we’ll be dulled into submission.

We won’t.

Betty Parris Hears Only No, by Ginny Lowe Connors
(daughter ef the R.everend Parris)

No running    no dancing    no wasting of time

no power    no nonsense    opinions    or rage

all of our stitches must march a straight line

no running    no dancing    no wasting of time

stubbornness ugly    defiance a crime

I dream I’ve been captured    forced into a cage

no running    no dancing    no wasting of time

no power    no nonsense    opinions    or rage 

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  1. Gabrielle McGhee · June 25

    Amen, sister.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Jinx · June 25

      Powerful. A return to dark times. Calamity.
      Thanks for your words attached to the poem.

      Liked by 1 person

      • alisonmcghee · June 25

        Calamity is the word for it, Jinx. xo


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  2. Lady Shamla Rose · June 25

    *Beloved Alison McGhee

    There feels like despair in this sharing. I thought about what to say.

    *There is nothing I can say to change the situation. I do know that the
    world is seriously misguided, and has been for centuries. We need a more
    illuminated curriculum everywhere. One that puts our Soul at the fore.

    That is in the process of awakening. Predictions are that by 2025, it
    should be everywhere.

    In love, with love, for love
    Shamla of Shamballa


    Liked by 1 person

  3. alisonmcghee · June 25

    Dear Shamla, you are so lovely and so thoughtful and you bring a deep optimism to everything you say. I appreciate that more than you know. XO


  4. Larry Nalls · June 25

    I feel frustration and pent up rage and it is sad. A powerful poem it is that can seemingly simply convey such emotions.

    Liked by 1 person

    • alisonmcghee · June 25

      I agree, Larry, about both the poem and the emotions. xo


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