Yesterday I got this kick ass message from my friend where she said:
“This was the anger roiling in me this morning. While the snow came down, the fire in me got hotter. It’s time to let the motherfuckers burn. I love you so much for how you inspire me and so many others. You’re onto something here Missy. Don’t let anyone stop you. Keep going.”
I was like BOOM!
Boy did I need that message because I was DISCOURAGED. Thank you divine universe for reminding me how critical social relations and connections are because they give such rich deep meaning to our lives.
A.C. sent me the writing that came from her fire. It was so inspiring I asked her if I could share it with you. She said yes as long as it is accompanied by this photo:
How dare you?
How dare you!
Even as your power continues to obfuscate reality
I have to scold you like a goddamn child
Like your mother who has finally had enough of your antics
I must call to your attention
Your selfish idiocy and narrow minded world view
Where only the penis rules
Only men may release their power and will on the masses
The masses who so carefully defend your power even though
It destroys everything they love
How dare you mock the autonomy of women
Their divine ability to make decisions
For themselves and their families
Damnit they’ve been doing it for millennia
Too powerful for you to comprehend
You warp reality to make it bend toward yourself
Away from justice and equity
You bend and warp and contort the facts
You twist and writhe to meet your new lies
In order to fit within this created world
And then you violently shove women into it.
How dare you think that your position entitles you
To expertise beyond your knowledge
To power beyond your understanding
So that you may destroy families, and love, and lives, and communities
So that you may control women.
Your outrageous lies and callous rules and selfish greed
Leave you void of empathy
Void of reality
Void of scientific knowledge or understanding
Void of thought beyond the front of your own damn nose
How dare you build a patriarchy so strong
That even you do not understand its depth
That even hundreds of years of building knowledge
Of shining bright lights on your dark insidious greed
So that even woke, powerful, women and men
Cannot break it down to its basic core
Cannot see how their very breath continues the status quo
And you smile and laugh as you strip away our hard fought rights
You beam with pride at every rule and every law
That builds back every brick of power
We tore asunder decades ago
That puts us back closer to where you want us
Your use of abortion as a tool to belittle what you don’t understand
Your 20 week ban
Your 15 week ban
Your procedure ban
Your stupid, thoughtless, rules that serve only
To entertain the patriarchy as you watch us
Jump through hoop after hoop in the name of your game
Which is zero sum for women
Zero sum for families
Zero sum for communities
Meant to keep us down
Meant to keep us busy staying alive
Striving for wholeness that you took away millennia ago
Spending every waking moment playing your fucking game
Instead of tearing it down
Brick by brick
Burning down the patriarchy
I will no longer play your game
No more dancing before you so you can throw me crumbs
I will no longer stand by in silence while you rape my sisters
So that you may retain a power I hope to use
I will take what is mine
All the power and wisdom of the universe
And I will teach my sisters and all our children
One by one or by the crowd
And we will all rise up
And let it all
Let it burn.
Poetry by A.C.
It’s Monday, light it up y’all,
Dr. Melissa Bird
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