Gender-neutral, or: Girly

A Golda Programmed by our society, her favored color is pink But why? 'Twas Mamie Eisenhower who changed the way folks think. #TankaTuesday The above 'Golda' was written for Colleen M. Chesebro’s ‘Tanka Tuesday’ prompt: Poets were prompted to write syllabic poems inspired by a color of their choice. I chose the color 'pink'. Murisopsis’… Continue reading Gender-neutral, or: Girly

Through thick, or: Thin

A Crystalline They welcomed in their dinner guests, his heavy hand upon her thin nape. Her beautiful, gemmed Sabbath outfit was adorned with an unseen leash. She'd applied makeup carefully to conceal her crow's feet and pallor. An unsteady smile failed to distract from timid eyes, red and tearful. What's a Crystalline? A complete couplet.… Continue reading Through thick, or: Thin

Abused friend returns to husband

A textbook case of domestic abuse The friend I wrote about several days ago that has been psychologically, sexually, and physically abused by her husband has returned to him after fleeing from their home. I don't know the details, but I do know that she has spoken to him by phone; and he's agreed to… Continue reading Abused friend returns to husband

Abused friend

Vacation My wife, daughter, and I are on a much needed vacation in Haifa for a week. We arrived here on Friday before Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath), in time to order prepared food and go shopping for groceries. I love how happy it makes our daughter to go to the beach with both of her… Continue reading Abused friend

Lady, or: Machine

Flying across men's endless rails, whistling adrenaline Churning axles hissing past so many a longing gentleman Chasing what she's never had; rims gripping faithful track Each disembarking lover spurned; ne'er thought of turning back She, ever forward, leaves 'em gasping in billows of sultry steam Thick diesel firing through the veins of lady turned machine… Continue reading Lady, or: Machine

Glass woman, or: Provider

Poetry Partners #59 'Glass Woman', a poem by Bridget of 'The Happy Quitter!' Born fragile Not able to walk The head broke first A small piece fell off It didn’t matter They glued it back on a chip on the shoulder Came loose later You can’t see it It’s hidden underneath A layer of clothes… Continue reading Glass woman, or: Provider

Feminism, or: Basic human decency

An elfchen She Her choices With no exceptions All humans equally human Respect Elfchen Row Words Content 1 1 A thought, an object, a color, a smell or the like 2 2 What does the word from the first row do? 3 3 Where or how is the word of row 1? 4 4 What… Continue reading Feminism, or: Basic human decency