08 December 2017

Finding the Way Out

The Story Behind the Woman You Don’t See 

Of course you hear a lot about that elbow cut off in the lower right corner
Feminism loves its absences, how we first learned to read

We victims of sexism and racism read the environment before all else 
We are vigilant and silent until someone finds our body parts

We bullies leave a bold trail of bruises and signs because we know 
How to perform for those who reward us with precious memberships 

Of control.  With belonging in our pockets, our souls slide down 
The toilets and into the eddies of sterile universes

The cure is to learn to read from those who know how. We victims
Are our saviors.  Hear us describe our way out of absence.


Wordy Thursday with Wild Woman ~ The Silence Breakers

My blog poems are rough drafts. 
Please respect my copyright. 

© 2017 Susan L. Chast


Kerry O'Connor said...

We are vigilant and silent until someone finds our body parts.

This line really leapt out at me, Susan. Your commentary is very much on point.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Feminism loves its absences....hear us describe our way out of silence. Such a profound poem, Susan. So oowerful. I am annoyed by the Me, Too woman herself not being in the cover. I just dont get it. So i "get" your poem. Big-time. Thanks for writing to my prompt.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

I am annoyed that the woman who began the Me, Too movement is not on that cover. Sigh. How the line "Feminism loves its absences" resonates, as does "Hear us describe our way out of absence." Fantastic, Susan. There is an important conversation going on. Inspired by the reptilian regime we are now struggling under, which is trying to set us back fifty years. Argh. Is it possible I will have to march for women's rights - again - at seventy-one??

Rommy said...

We have so far to go to fix this problem (oh that line about the body parts) but yes, we can be hopeful if we are willing to learn from each other.

brudberg said...

Of course this comes with a slight bad taste that it has happened so many times before, but finally now it has its consequences and will continue to have...

Paul John Dear said...

This is a piece full of potency.I do so hope that this movement continues to grow wings.

Toni Spencer said...

This conversation was started in the 70's. I am amazed that it is still being belabored, how women are put into competition with each other for all the best perks.

Brendan MacOdrum said...

Learning to read, learning to write -- the crafted poem sharpens a sight which cannot unsee what it has beheld. Not all the figures are in the picture, but accounting for that here feathers the wing. How else to listen through songs of the south than hear the slave narratives?

Mary said...

Yes, we have to learn to read from those who know how & to learn to see from those who have found their eyes.

gillena cox said...

" Hear us describe our way out of absence."

Your end line serves as a renewed beginning to respect the suffering and rise of those brave women who have found voice


Magaly Guerrero said...

"We are vigilant and silent until" silence and vigilance are not enough...