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                    and our mothers shall lead us

grey haired with the wisdom of their years
plastic buckets and metal bowls as drums to pound with their voices
(this is not their first rodeo)
	
and we shall be heard
	chanting
    chanting
because we march for our daughters
			and our sons
	    we march for our mothers
			and ourselves

there is a photo going around 
a grey-haired woman with a sign
	“I can’t believe I still have to protest this fucking shit”
and i agree
	i agree so hard my ovaries hurt

this fight has been fought
	we are well on our way to equality
	
but no, no, no clearly that’s false
		 	or maybe it was true and just isn’t anymore

we are still fighting for women’s equality
we are still fighting for autonomy and the right to say no
		or yes
we are still fighting for freedom of choice when it comes to what grows inside us

and i’ve been angry about this for a long time
	blood-boiling mad
	because so many people seem so blind to reality
			otherwise we wouldn’t have to keep fighting these fights
					these same fights that we thought we already won

i’ve been saying that The Handmaid’s Tale is not supposed to be an instruction manual
but i’m going to take a heel turn here and say that NOW it is
	i’m going to reread it as a cautionary tale of complacency 
	i’m going to reread it as a reminder that it’s never too late to fight
	i’m going to reread it as an instruction manual against the fascist patriarchy

from here i hope to be one of the mothers that lead us
	because this is not the way i want to live 
		   this is not the way i want my son to grow into a man
		   this is not okay





Date: 2017-01-23 09:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dancingyel.livejournal.com
This has such an impact. You rock!

Date: 2017-01-23 10:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Thank you. I hope it does some good somewhere.

Date: 2017-01-23 03:35 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-23 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Thank you. This is what I randomly started writing during the march.

Date: 2017-01-24 12:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rayaso.livejournal.com
Very good! I especially liked the line about The Handmaid's Tale not being an instruction manual.

Date: 2017-01-24 02:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Thanks. It's a great book. And I do think it's time for us all to reread it.

Date: 2017-01-25 07:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halfshellvenus.livejournal.com
i’m going to reread it as a cautionary tale of complacency
Especially now that complacency has steered us to a terrible destination where we remember now how much we can lose in four years, in one year, in just a few weeks. :(

Date: 2017-01-26 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
I will be rereading it. And I will try to be strong as part of the resistance right now. And I'm starting to feel less silly using a word that strong for reality. But it is our reality right now.

Date: 2017-01-27 01:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rswndrlst.livejournal.com
And I'm starting to feel less silly using a word that strong for reality. But it is our reality right now.

same.

"or maybe it was true and just isn’t anymore"

ouch but yes

this whole piece is well said!!
Edited Date: 2017-01-27 01:43 am (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-25 02:48 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-26 01:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Thank you.

LJI fav reads list, week 6

Date: 2017-01-26 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] livejournal.livejournal.com
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Date: 2017-01-27 01:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dmousey.livejournal.com
Preach!! Hugs and peace~~~

Date: 2017-01-27 10:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2017-01-27 02:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] my-name-is-jenn.livejournal.com
We will keep fighting. And I agree with that woman (saw her picture, it was both awesome and sad). I can't believe we still have to protest this shit.

Date: 2017-01-27 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Seriously.
I'm glad you are fighting, too.

Date: 2017-01-27 03:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bewize.livejournal.com
Bravo!

Date: 2017-01-27 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Thank you.

Date: 2017-01-27 06:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] murielle.livejournal.com
Your poetry is so power-packed with emotion, and thought. Someday I hope to be able to buy a collection of your work.

Major Kudos!

Date: 2017-01-27 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Thank you. I do hope to organize myself at some point and work on getting published. This helps. :D

Date: 2017-01-28 12:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] devilz-workshop.livejournal.com
I am becoming a fan of your work. Really well done.

Date: 2017-01-28 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Thank you so very much. I take that with a blush and pride. :D

Date: 2017-01-28 01:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] uselesstinrelic.livejournal.com
I love how many socio-political entries are shared and I love to see so many people speaking out about this in their own ways and from their own places. I marched carrying a sign that said, "we will not go quietly back to the 1950s" and was spoken to by a number of individuals who told me they were raised in the 1950s. "I remember the first time I heard that message that we could be equal and things didn't have to feel that way," one told me. "I'd never really realised before it was possible and I just thought, 'that's what I've been feeling inside all this time.'" It was wonderful to see them still fighting, but also so sad to see them still fighting for the same things since the first days they picked up signs, decades ago.

Thanks for sharing.

Date: 2017-01-28 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Yeah. I can't imagine the outrage inside the women who fought this fight for us already. I'm outraged for them, and us.

Date: 2017-01-28 01:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] penpusher.livejournal.com
The ultimate goal is to have everyone help everyone who needs help. Hopefully this is the start of that movement, but the rest have such a big head start on us, I hope we have a chance.

Date: 2017-01-28 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
I don't think that *IS* everyone's goal. :-(

I hope those that wish true good for the world are motivated to keep fighting.

Date: 2017-01-28 02:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dee-aar2.livejournal.com
Powerful. Clearly something every woman should read and understand that it is in many ways big or small to bring about the change we want to see. In our homes, lives and then slowly the world. If only each of us would start.

Date: 2017-01-28 08:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] eeyore-grrl.livejournal.com
Thank you so much. Feel free to share it.

I can't imagine NOT being political in this climate.

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