This is for Jane’s Month with Yeats Poetry Challenge.
“Why, what could she have done, being what she is?
Was there another Troy for her to burn?”—W.B. Yeats
Through the Ages, She Is Blamed
They laid the conflicts at her door–
her hair unbound, or what she wore—
they blamed their deeds on her physique
oh, they have brawn, but they are weak,
when they confine her to a guarded room,
do they fear her fruitful womb,
and do they grope her milk-filled breasts
and say it is their god’s request?
and they blame her body for tempting them,
as they rip her dress from neck to hem,
they will not let her flee–nor be–
scared if she gains knowledge, scared if she is free,
those named and nameless who do not see
it is they, not she, who commit the atrocities.
“I am woman hear me roar.” I hope I can end the challenge tomorrow on a more pleasant note, but considering all that’s going on in the world and the fact that I’m working my way through my copyedited Encyclopedia of Rape and Sexual Violence. . .well, we will see. 🙂