Harsh Reality

***There is a lot of anger here and I am not sure where it all came from. I thought this was going to be a cutesy poem about being little and it morphed big time. 
Once when I was little
I fell from the sky
bruised my knee
which a quick kiss
fixed.
Once when I was little
I was full of questions
so I experimented
with things
maybe I should not have.
Then I began to grow
as is the way of children
began to see the world around
realized
fear did begin to grow
that this is what my life was
an always would be.
I am a woman.
I am a mother.
I am a daughter.
I am a sister.
I am an Aunt.
My list goes on and on…..
this is not to say
hey look at me
see how great I am?
No this is a list
I would like men to look at
those who have difficulty with a concept
that no means no
do not touch
get out of my face
does not mean
please progress.
Look at that list
close as can be
for I know none of you
were born
fully formed
from Zeus’ forehead.
Now I ask
how does it make you feel
to think of those women
your family women attacked?
Scared to walk through the streets?
Looking over their shoulder
fearing rape?
Can you tell me true
does it not bother you
enrage you
to think of someone
without consent
touching them…….
that is what you do
when you degrade women
believe we are toys to play with.
Think twice
before you touch
think of mom
sister too
if that does not stop you
maybe a gun will.
©Jan. 21/20
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Author: Jay-lyn Doerksen

I am a single hard working mom in her 40's. I have always written poetry and I love words. I live with depression and its ups downs. This is a space where I can create and write all that I need to.

19 thoughts on “Harsh Reality”

  1. A good writer lets the poem flow and that’s exactly what you did! This is brilliant and powerful, and I was fist bumping the air screaming, YES, YES, YES!!!! This is exactly what those types of men need to hear!!!!!!

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    1. It would be nice to think that that might make a change but I wonder…..good ol’ boys…..I think we need to make sure we are teaching our boys and young men correctly. I had to explain rape to Tember (there is a post about that way back) and that was the only way I thought to explain it. He got it pretty quick and was horrified. Now as he gets older he knows……he repeats it back to me when I say…..and if you every hurt a girl like that…..I know mom you will kick my butt.

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