Monday, 30 January 2017

THE ABCs OF REVOLUTION

by Mary K O'Melveny


I.
A qualified woman
Becomes a
Candidate
Designated to break
Every barrier.
Full of 
Great
Hopes,
It feels
Justly
Karmic --
Mysogyny
No longer
Overtaking us.
Patriarchy
Quietly,
Righteously
Shifting away,
Taking
Up space only in
Very old history books
Which people will study
Extra carefully, especially
Young women
Zealous to know their pasts.

II.
A
Boorish
Clown
Defeats her.
Enters the stage
Frightening
Girls and women with
Hate-filled
Invective,
Justifying
Kingdoms and Klansmen.
Laughing  and leering at
Menstrual cycles.
Never apologizing for
Ogling and groping.
Preening and prattling.
Questioning facts.
Refusing reason.
Screaming for headlines.
Taking
Umbrage even in
Victory.
What choice do we have
Except resistance? 
Yielding nothing until he is
Zero.
.

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Mary K O'Melveny is a retired labor rights lawyer living in Washington DC and Woodstock NY.  Her poems have been published in various print and on-line journals (including TWPATWT) such as FLARE:  The Flagler Review, Into the Void, Allegro Poetry Magazine and The Offbeat.  "Like so many," she writes, "I am struggling to figure out paths forward."