Her Story


In a show of power,

he struck her down,

hoping she’d cower

from his bully shout–

you’ve been warned,

and must be punished,

this is what it’s all about,

you’ve violated the rule,

no, I’m not cruel,

you’ve been warned,

now take your seat,

(before I knock you down).


History’s age-old tale–

oh, she may flail–

but the shrew must be tamed,

and men are not to blame

if women do not listen–

(do not talk back,

you’ve been warned,

now I’ll teach you a lesson).

With words and whips,

with zippers unzipped,

with laws to subjugate

(it’s a mandate),

victors write the history,

how the story will be told,

but might is not always right,

so, sit tight–

though warned,

nevertheless, she persisted.


This is for Secret Keeper’s Writing Challenge.

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42 thoughts on “Her Story

  1. How very timely. “She was warned. She was given an explanation. Nevertheless, she persisted.” will go down in infamy. You did a fantastic job capturing the emotions that are whirling around us all. Thanks.

  2. Brava!!! I think old Mitch gave us a good rallying cry, one he is never going to live down.

    On a more serious note, yes, still we persist. In spite of it all.

  3. The actual public incident is sickening and disheartening, Merril.
    I have heard this story (in private form) almost one hundred times. I used to be the child advocate at a battered women’s shelter in Lancaster, Ohio. I heard the stories from the mothers in the intake paperwork.
    Later then, I had the privilege to listen to the other victims, the children. They sadly, tend to be able to describe more than expected, usually simply and to the point.
    What was upsetting about the “public story” is now snowballing into a horrified state. The atmosphere is “tainted” by an out of control “leader.”

  4. It’s interesting that the more they attempt to silence everyone, the louder the backlash…I hope we can keep the energy up.
    Have you read Rebecca Solnit’s “Men Explain Things to Me?” so relevant right now…(K)

  5. All the more to keep rallying against these idiots. Good on Elizabeth Warren for standing up to him … and all of us who do who see bullying in one of its many puerile forms. May her story (and all the others) go down in history .. Great post Merril thanks.

  6. I like the way this flows, Merril, and it sums up a news story I recently read… I’m not sure if the news report was mis-reported, but I got an impression of ‘know your place’. Well written, Merril.

  7. Yes! I admire Elizabeth Warren very much. I was also wondering if you were going to write about that incident, and I was happy to read it today on your blog. Eloquent, as usual, Merril — you are amazing!!

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