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A woman's manifesto

by Shannon McEwen

Ever the martyr and never the b*tch
Would you be happy then?
Everything in its proper place
Tears fill this empty space
Between here and then
And back again

The perfect woman, the perfect wife
Silently cutting with tension’s knife
Walking through shadows
And smiling in place
Plastic expressions on a plastic face

Or never the martyr and always the b*tch
Anger builds and emotions roll
The constant conflict takes its toll
Stand up for what we believe is right
Win every battle, forever a fight
And when exactly did we lose sight?

That life is life and I am me
And once you promised
That you would see
Hold my hand and open up
And face the facts
And beyond all else
Act.

10/20/2011

Posted on 10/21/2011
Copyright © 2021 Shannon McEwen

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by George Hoerner on 10/21/11 at 03:02 AM

Marriage is difficult at best one person or the other changes over time or we begin to see things in them or ouselves which make us question what is going on. It is even more difficult for those sensitive people like you, and I'd like think most poets, who see and or question things that many people ignore. Nice write lady.

Posted by Alison McKenzie on 10/21/11 at 04:16 AM

This has a certain rockity rhythm that fits the content just right. I can remember a time in my life, wondering exactly the same things. And then, a Pooh Bear sort of zen crept in somehow, and I found a spot in the trenches that didn't feel dangerous anymore.

Posted by Mo Couts on 10/21/11 at 04:22 PM

This is fabulously rock and roll and all sorts of awesome; I loved every single moment of it.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 11/14/11 at 09:57 PM

From generalizations to specific situation! A bit of a jolt. Most marriages need a jolt occasionally I think.

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