Sunday, March 24, 2019

day SEVEN HUNDRED and NINETY FOUR


Go Fund Me?

I am definitely on board
with the idea
of giving all dignitaries kittens to
hold while they discuss
the most serious matters of our time

would the soft fur and mews
lighten the room
with laughter and sweet souls?

or would they put the kittens
on the ground
to run amuck

as they
do
--Heidi Blakeslee

Saturday, March 23, 2019

day SEVENHUNDRED and NINETY THREE


But Definitely Not a Finish

They took away
the swimsuit competition
in a beauty pageant,
and guess who’s
complaining

It’s a way to admire
a well built body, they say,
unaware that the way most
beauty pageant women
get their well built body
is through some combination
of surgery, starvation,
bingeing and purging,
excessive exercise.
Despite opinions to the contrary,
most women don’t come standard
with the Perfect Body
According to Societal Expectations.

How will we really know they’re
worthy of the Miss America title?
Well, maybe we judge her on her mind,
rather than her body.

That’s a start.

--Rachel Toalson

Friday, March 22, 2019

day SEVEN HUNDRED and NINETY TWO


A Woman Should Teach Her Daughter How to Navigate This World


I.
Smile and laugh
seek out and call to joy
but only smile when you mean it
Don’t let them make a decoration out of you.
Don’t smile when they tell you to.

You will be told often and not kindly.

II.
Walk with a key between your fingers.
Spine straight.
Keep the music off in your headphones.
Never alone at night.
Be aware of who is behind you
and who is coming towards you.

Be aware of everything.

III.
Wear clothes you like
that make you feel good,
love your body because it is strong and beautiful
and will carry you through this life
but know others will comment
and judge

There is nothing you can do about this.

IV.
Others will touch you without asking.
Sometimes playfully
and they will expect you to smile and
enjoy the attention.
Sometimes they will touch you violently.
You need to protect yourself from both.
Use your words to stand up for yourself
unless it could get dangerous.

There is no way to tell if or when it could get dangerous.

V.
Read, learn and be curious.
See as much of the world as you can.
Don’t hold back your opinion.
Speak with confidence in your beautiful mind
You have a voice and you should use it.
They will call you “shrill” when they don’t like it and “good girl” when they do.

Both will make you feel terrible.

VI.
Sometimes you will be the only woman in the room.
Sometimes this will not matter.
Most times it will.
You are just as smart as the rest of the people in that room.
Your opinion and thoughts count just as much.
Regardless not everyone will see it this way.

They will imply often and loudly that you do not belong.

VII.
Not all women will be your friend.
Many will cozy up to men for protection,
leaning in to the patriarchy.
Regardless, we mustn’t abandon those women.
Learn everything you can about the patriarchy.
It is slippery and dangerous and multisided,
a some point it will crawl inside someone you love and use their voice
to say things that you will never forget.
Understand it can only be dismantled from the inside.

Understand that you will never be on the inside.

VIII.
If you forget everything else,
remember this:
When you ask yourself
at night
Am I good enough?

Regardless of what the world tells you
The answer
will always be

Yes.

--Ally Malinenko

Thursday, March 21, 2019

day SEVEN HUNDRED and NINETY ONE


To Canadians Curious About one U.S. Citizen's View of the 45th POTUS

A worthless billionaire, he's a flabby
predator, our huge mistake,
a one-man farce, illiterate and ignorant,
a dirty dealer who lies about his taxes.
He's an ugly, poison-spewing monster.

He's a pugilistic bully, a spoiled brat,
an asp in the grass, a crumbling landmine.
He's a mother and brother fucker, a sister
schtupper, the world's champion fable-teller.

He's our worst American joke, our chief
infuriator, a bellicose, self-obsessed
stinker, a disgusting putz, an alpha asshole,
democracy's bĂȘte noire, Satan's minion,
a damned, lying "wolf-crier."

He's a heartless turd, a bizarre, bigoted
misogynist, a nutty tantrum thrower,
a cry-baby, a pouting finger-pointer,
a fool, a delusional schmuck,
a putrid panderer. He lusts for a fight.

He's a cold blooded, raging reptile, a tool
to his army of toadies. Our masturbator-in-chief.
is a militant imperialist with his fat fist
on the nuclear button.  He's a carnie, a clown,
a skunk, a deranged dingo, a trice daily liar.

He's a hateful embarrassment, an unfit
puffed-up idiot, a troll, a brainless brawler,
a heavy-handed black mailer, a hollow-
skulled dropout, a pile of shit. As Enemy #1
of free speech, he spits at the press.

He's a dictator, a plutocrat, a butt-faced blamer,
a plum-crazy crime boss who can't retain a retinue.
He's a louse, a slur mongering megalomaniac.
"Lying-Donald" is our first Maggot-in-Chief.


--Susan Beem