Wednesday, March 2, 2011

untitled # 1

...then the God of America said:
"let us make woman in our own image."

And so, working backwards, we deduce that God is:

hairless, mostly, except on top;
rail thin,
with pouty, puffy red lips,
eyelashess long as sin and broad, birthing, bedroom hips;

submissive, mostly,
except with children, at whom he screams
to vent the frustration of being used, by men, as a pleasure toy,
and a justification for war. 

God is well-swayed, apparently, by our gaudy advertising,
and his most vital appendage
(the one we forced into his hand)
is a credit card, with which he tries to pay for what he cannot seem to earn:
real love -

because if it can't be bought and sold
and bragged about to your friends on the internet,
then it isn't really real now, is it?

Not as real as the God of America who,
despite all the best efforts of the screaming damned hordes,
is still writ large on coins and green paper rectangles,

here in America.

4 comments:

  1. Why is it important to you to write about the equality of women in the American society? Is it because of your occupation as a teacher that you see the way girls try to fit themselves into this 'perfection' you just described?

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  2. That is undoubtedly a part of it. I hate to see these lovely young women staggering under the tyranny of an impossible ideal.

    It's not just the young, though. The tyranny morphs and changes all through life. The least I can do (and I do mean least) is to show a little solidarity with an angry poem now and then.

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  3. there's a lot you get right in this, though honestly its not the looks, the advertising portrayal of women that bothers me. Every culture has different expressions of beauty, though ours are mainly unattainable. I don't know that it's even so much beginning to realize how we've been groomed throughout childhood and the teens to be submissive; the most disturbing part is realizing that to participate in this society as a woman (and not necessarily even as a wife), one must take on the submissive role...even if you don't want to.
    anyhow, interesting poem.

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  4. Thanks, Melinda. I think my intention was to explore a bit the role the American obsession with money plays in the subjugation of women.

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