Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

I Am One

Look me in the eye
Call me a slut
A whore
A sinner
If that's what you think I am
Don't hide behind your signs
And your slogans
And your fake smile
While your teeth drip venom
Don't pretend to like me
When you see me around town
Then whisper sharp rumors
Like knives that stab my back
I am one of those
Who has done the unspeakable
Speak to me!
I am sick of being stifled
I am sick of being shamed
Sick of wearing this tape over my mouth
And averting my eyes to your gaze
I am one
And it's time that I spoke
I would rather be spit upon
Than forgotten
From a wire hanger
Or a knitting needle
Between my legs.


Marcoantonio Arellano (Nene) said...

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
You know that I have written in my blog:
about this issue.
Not in such wonderful poetry or from the woman's personal perspective but with the same
adamant concern over congress's recent political position.

I love your words!!!

Crayotic Ramblings said...

"I would rather be spit on than forgotten."

Hell. Yes.

This is brilliant, love. #$@!$%ing Brilliant.

Brian Miller said...

ohdang...what a hard image...and place to be...and yeah peoplecan be such judgemental asses...

Pat Tillett said...

that is so powerful and full of strong strong feelings!

Pat Tillett said...

Also, what the hell? I thought I already started following you! I am now!

Lolamouse said...

nene, Rabbit, Brian, Pat: Thank you so much for your kind words and understanding. Not always easy to write this kind of poetry but it is cathartic.

mel said...



fist-bumps all 'round..brilliantly written!

dustus said...

Incredibly powerful ending—unfortunately the fate of too many. "And your fake smile / While your teeth drip venom" Well said

Unknown said...

POWERFUL! and perfect.

earlybird said...

Very powerful poem. Well done.

Kavita said...

This is friggin' awesome! Message conveyed!! That intensity and power was absolutely appropriate for the subject!!

It takes courage to look people in the eye... Cheers to the One!!!

WELL written, my friend...

Anonymous said...

Oh. One of the best this week. Straight through...tornado...constructed...implicitly.

From a wire hanger
Or a knitting needle
Between my legs...


Dave King said...

Superb, a fine poem.

Bubba said...

Heavy words of truth! Give 'em hell, Lolamouse!

Laynee said...

That's some powerful stuff. I love it!

Charlie Parant said...

Wow, this is so powerful...I am now following your blog...I want to read more. Thanks

Anonymous said...

This had "passion, fervor". I like it :)

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Olivia said...

Very Intense n true..

I know this one a little too well! You nailed it with this one Lady!

Or a knitting needle
Between my legs- very powerful expression..

People can be real b@$+@rd$ with passing on their cold judgements when they themselves are no holy priests!

Very well written- Hugs xxxxx

Steve Isaak said...

Yup, nailed it. Perfect, sharply realized, wish I'd written this (said in a friendly, non-jealous way).