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

    1. 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.


  1. 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. 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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  2. 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.

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