We Are Here: And I sat in silence

2010-11-25 09:15

Day 4 (28 November 2010)

  • This poem forms part of the We Are Here series, a collection of 16 poems by Antonio Lyons that look at gender violence from a male perspective.

She asked me

why…why…why does my attempt to liberate myself offend you?

And I frowned,

And I sat in silence,

And she spoke,

And she dreamed worlds in her words …worlds of happy smiling strong well-educated women and girls. Captains of industry and legendary thinkers.

And she spun complex stories finely crafted like a spider’s web.

And they glistened and sparked like dew caught in the right morning light and just as pure.

And I frowned,

And I sat in silence,

And she exhaled flowery visions soft and cuddly of a society of mothers and sisters standing together whole and unbruised in mind and body…raising happy sun-washed children on good food and lots of love.

And I frowned,

And sat in silence,

And she paused in her creating and asked me her question once again.

Why…why…why does my attempt to liberate myself offend you?

And I looked deep into her eyes and spoke into her soul.

In your future,

I am still a man.

And I am

Absent

Erased

Gone

Not needed.

And I sat in silence,

Contemplating

Not frowning.

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