Hunters/Gatherers

(From Glamour UK)

Chauvinism’s foot pressed firmly on the reverse gear
the cycle of life hurtles at break-neck speed
back into the dark ages of yore
crushing progress in one fell swoop

Men! Strut your stuff
pick up the arms
go on a rampage
hunt down dissenters
as well as naysayers
brook no argument
cock that snook
bam! wham!
the sham of civility shattered gleefully
justice will be served
by the barrel of the gun!

Women! Cross your legs and press your knees together
you are being recast
as damsels to be disrobed
and used as a product
your body no longer yours
your life worse than chattel
barefoot with swelling belly; that’s your destiny.

Rights! What rights!
might is right
and how can the right be wrong
bring forth in this world
the unwanted
raise an army of abandoned, misfit kids
then give them the licence to hunt and gather.

Rejoice! Patriarchy rules again
we are in the war zone
fodder for the frontline
should be churned without shame
the darkness of heart
envelopes the world
maniacs are in charge
life is cherished
the living be damned!

53 thoughts on “Hunters/Gatherers

  1. This poem is powerfully wonderful! I think politicians forget that 50% of the voters are women. I pray that enough women band together to remove these idiots from office. So many women will die and so many lives will be wasted and so many children will be born and either abandoned or worse kept and raised as an unwanted reminder of the violence perpetrated against their mother…

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      1. It’s hard when the way our government is set up gives power to the minority in small rural states. I don’t see it changing in my lifetime no matter how hard we fight.

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  2. what a powerful poem. I had goosebumps while reading it.
    it so captures ALL that one can say in light of what is happening.
    thank you for creating and sharing this

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  3. Such a bold post dear.. Loved every knit of it.. The thought, the presentation, the power filled lines each.. πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ˜ŠπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ™πŸΌπŸ’•

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  4. I cannot really add to all the comments above, just wholeheartedly agree that this poem is a powerful write, Punam. We are one world and it scares me the direction we are headed.

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