Reena’s Exploration Challenge #140 and dVerse OLN — Let Us Purr

Incensed at incest
from 5 to 10

Perturbed by a pounding
at nine for refusing a kiss

Ballastic over being “bitch!’ed”
at random rambunctiousness
to shut up and shut down

Pissed off at being punched
for disagreeing — the night before
his mother came to visit

Displeased at being drenched
with water for trying to leave
with my infant son

Testy at being threatened to
have my children abducted
and never seen again

:::Expletive::: at being exploited

Stinging over being stalked

Cranky over being kicked

Galled over being gaslit

Livid over being lied to

Bemused at being blamed
for not leaving
for not being smarter
for being gullible
for being sensitive
for being tolerant
for not knowing better
for being a victim

Independent individuals
Violating of their own volition –

But packed under paternalism’s
protective umbrella

Teach your children

Stop the madness
of the campaign
of gender violence.

Learn to communicate
with hugs instead of
putdowns and fists.

Trust that love brings
intimacy between two.

You don’t have to cheat to win.

Everyone wins with love.

 

I decided to go in a different direction with my offering.  We have a long, long way to go before there will be gender equality, but I dream of a day of genuine female emancipation.

 

Reena Saxena is the host of Reena’s Exploration Challenge.  Reena says:
The theme for this week is
Juneteenth
Going by the dictionary, it is

“a holiday celebrated on 19 June to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US.”
I would take it ahead to celebrate emancipation or liberation of any kind – physical, mental, emotional or spiritual. 

Bjorn is today’s host of Open Link Night at dVerse.

29 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    Good message Li.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Sadje.

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      1. Sadje says:

        Always a pleasure

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  2. Reena Saxena says:

    The pain is evident through the piece, though you use a facade of anger and resentment. Very intense and well-written piece!

    Liked by 2 people

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for your insightful comment, Reena ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Let us purr ….. by Jade Li/Lisa

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  4. memadtwo says:

    You don’t even have to win to win. This packs a punch Jade. (K)

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, K.

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  5. kittysverses says:

    Nice use of alliterations. A beautiful, heartfelt message, Li. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you very much, Kitty.

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      1. kittysverses says:

        You are welcome, Li. 🙂

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  6. Very effectively written! ❤

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  7. Glenn A. Buttkus says:

    You got my vote; I love hearing you roar, and couldn’t agree more than the emancipation of women is overdue.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Glenn your comment makes my day. You are a wonderful support person.

      Like

  8. Vandana Sharma says:

    Yes, we have a long way to go, still so many cases of domestic violence , harassment of women go unreported.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you for reading and your comment.

      Like

  9. lifelessons says:

    Let’s hope this explosion of pain, yours within it, will have an effect on the world. Just amazing how many people thrive on inflicting pain. Powerful words, Jade.

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Yes it is, Judy. It’s like a feral aspect of human nature. Until we fully recognize the explosion and validate and give relief to its victims, the damage will continue to ripple out from the blast.

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  10. Touching as hell! You could feel the pain, the prison, the indignation, humiliation, dehumanization..
    Then the hopeful vvish I could join, the dream of times vvhen vve can be vvith each oher, communicate, co-operate, love… VVithout gender, or any other such stigmatized and harassed stamps society likes to stick on us, being even an issue..
    Long vvay, I’ve heard such horror stories and experiences from almost every female friend of mine, vvhich is crazy, if gender vvas a race it vvould be understood hovv big a problem sexism is.
    And it should me made clear that toxic masculinity harms the men in so many vvays too. Not like vvomen, but in many bad and big vvays.
    In Finnish vve don’t have any gender separation in language, no he / she. But there are alvvays other vvords to use vvhen abusing someone…
    Thank you so much!

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    1. msjadeli says:

      Anthony, thank you for your informed and supportive comment. So very interesting to learn that the Finnish language has no gender separation. I would love it if English language would do the same. Just like I would love to see them remove racial/ethnicity checkboxes on all forms. We are humans and those divisions allow discrimination to be easier to accomplish.

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      1. Yes, it seems that to control us they need to divide us, despite our natural desire for unity and connection.
        VVe don’t have a racial check boxes either.. 🙂

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  11. Lona Gynt says:

    This has it all, all the sad violent truth, and the powerful truth, and the victory. Thank you Lisa. I am not really a lover of list poems, but oh this list! We need to live in the light.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Lona, thank you very much. ❤

      Liked by 1 person

  12. sanaarizvi says:

    Honest, in your face, gorgeous writing 💝💝

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Sanaa, thank you.

      Like

  13. Wonderful and forceful… I wonder how it may happen… I cannot see myself ever being like that and I wonder what type of feelings make men try to abuse their power in such a grim way…

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Thank you, Bjorn. There are as probably as many reasons as there are men.

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