patriarchy is a myth

Patriarchy is a myth

that was belted out in fatherly lines across bare buttocks

that sang through and sailed over my head in

wails I dared not publish

it was smeared red with anger across bare thigh backs

the movement of the myth was not like the other stories I heard

rather,  this myth rang violent staccato blows to my spine, my temples

through his fatherly hands: BOOM BOOM BOOM

This myth stood over me as a child and stained my bones with his fatherly screams

yes, my very skin, and muscles, and heart could not stop the blatant poison

from going into my bones

where were my hands? Not allowed to move

as the gun was pushed to my mother’s temple

I will fatherly blow your brains out

you fucking bitch, the hero of the myth spits out

comply, or be fatherly punished

and I will suck the marrow out of those bones

what kind of curious myth has no end

what angered river of  tale never ceases to flow

never tries to father or ache or soften

can literally be beaten into a woman’s body

isn’t is scientifically wonderful? How her very cells and bones

will be fathered by storied violence. We broke her-noted with pride.

Husbands are myths too

Husbanded to magical patriarchy, cut through with vengeance

Vengeance is mine, sayeth the fatherly

the bank account myth within a myth-that’s a good one

told by no one fatherly who sees or has a care

this one is where patriarchy took a deep stab at equality

it was a joking ode where its fathered husband-fist, fat, full of hundred dollar bills

forcefully sanctioned the taking of food out of the mouths of its own children

and my account of this became equal to or less than impoverished.

because I am a she who displeased and who cried and who dared.

Laugh here.

Some cry under their breath: asshole

Others cry: get HER

some silently applaud from the fatherly sidelines

others move it to their fatherly bedrooms

some say she’s crazy, she’s stupid, she’s fatherly; making it up

others simply cry, for

patriarchy is a myth we don’t speak.

2 thoughts on “patriarchy is a myth

  1. such anguish so beautifully written.

    “consider it pure joy my sister when you face trials of many kinds.

    the testing of your faith develops preserverance.

    preserverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything”.

    complete and lacking nothing is THE place to be and there’s a hard road to travel to get there. first you go through intense pain then many lefts and rights and ups and downs through the healing. the road will straighten out over time and you will find yourself dwelling in the shelter of the Most High and under his wings you will find rest.

    psalm 91
    1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
    2 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”
    3 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
    4 He will cover you with his pinions, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
    5 You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,
    6 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
    7 A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
    8 You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
    9 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—the Most High, who is my refuge-
    10 no evil shall be allowed to befall you, no plague come near your tent.
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.
    12 On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone.
    13 You will tread on the lion and the adder; the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
    14 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him; I will protect him, because he knows my name.
    15 When he calls to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him.
    16 With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

    these are the words of God

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