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It’s International Women’s Day

(x = space)

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It’s International Women’s Day

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Women holding children

There are men, too,

It’s the men making the choices

For the war

Women rule, here and there

Some are good

Some are bad

Women still earn less than men

Too many live reactive lives

Rather than pushing

As any should be

With dreams, ambitions

Owning life

Rather than waiting for the chance

As if it were a gift

From men

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So much I do not understand

But I think I understand that much

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Frankly,

And you know

Too much is wrong

And it should change

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“Love to Ukraine ❤️”

Photo by Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Published 10h ago

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Amnon

(x = space)

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Amnon

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I don’t know what

To say about the women

Who have died

Who were murdered

Or left

To die another way,

Another kind

Of murder

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Casualties

In war or other

Barbarism

Starved, thirsted

Frightened

Or abandoned out

Of existence

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We can do this

We can do this to each other

Men can do this

To women

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[Image by] Gary Todd from Xinzheng, China – Winged Victory of Samothrace, Marble, c. 190 BC, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=101242500

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Slow Men

(x = space)

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Slow Men

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God bless slow men

(I don’t mean still waters)

Who are not evil

Who have sins in the past

And who knows

For the present

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But do not move in haste

To rule the world

Or a part,

Who listen sitting down

Or walking ‘round the block

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Who are not old

But take pleasure in

Slow ways

To make love

And have love, after

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I might talk slow women

Except

They know the wisdom

When to be fast

When to be still

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Photo by Benjamin Smith on Unsplash

Rockford, United States

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A Lost World

(x = space)

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A Lost World

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I took my .22,

Shot at paper targets

I wasn’t very good

There were

I’m sure

Excuses

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I could not shoot Bambi

There are those who could

And use the food

At home or to give

To other,

Hungry people

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A bullet from a distance

What might Cain

Have devised?

With such Indiscretion

And the safety off,

He might have gone

After Seth

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Then where would we be

For progeny

With only wives surviving, were

They out of range?

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They might retrieve

The guns

Then learn to shoot for life,

Maybe instructed by

An angel

Out of Eden

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An imagined state

Doomed,

We’d think

Excepting life to find a way

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Suspect nabbed in stray bullet slaying of 1-year-old Brooklyn boy sitting in stroller last summer

The accused shooter in last summer’s horrific stray bullet shooting of a 1-year-old boy outside a Brooklyn playground was charged Thursday in the devastating death that shocked a pandemic-stricken city and rattled Mayor de Blasio.

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https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nyc-crime/ny-suspect-arrested-stray-bullet-brooklyn-baby-stroller-slay-20210506-nbuzgsa3xzcivdlo7t7jbwzohu-story.html

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Photo by Omkar Jadhav on Unsplash

Bullet Marks [jallianwala bagh], Gali Number 7, Ramanand Bagh, Katra Ahluwalia, Amritsar, Punjab, India

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The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle, then by Michael Crichton

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A Book of Second or Third Genesis

(x = space)

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A Book of Second or Third Genesis

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What if Adam had

Eaten first?

On the outside, maybe

Pretty much the same

And on the inside

A righteous change

To history

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Though, of course,

We wouldn’t know it

What we’d know

Is maybe men

Forfending, maybe

Or a readier

Different sort

Of heart from women

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Forgiveness all around

You see,

It’s possible

And it’s possible

Men would have understood

Something more

Of consequence

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Hmm, is it possible

The hurt of childbirth

Might have been

Visited the other way?

And to get us through

Each day,

Might men have learned

To ask direction from

The partner species?

Not because of childbirth

But because,

You know,

Each day

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A second book of Genesis

Isn’t around the

Corner up ahead

Unless there is

A fanciful commission

But a forthcoming way to think

That doesn’t hurt

Except in ego’s pocket

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Might help

A world

(a human world)

That is at present torn up

Over truth

A service, by the way,

Of creativity

To fill

A needful break in solid life

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Photo by atared althaqeb on Unsplash

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IWD ‘19

IWD ‘19

 

Today has been (to

announce it)

International Women’s Day,

And in my country

Women have said they

Own the responsibility

For women’s status not only here

But also in the world

 

To me, this is amazing

It’s sisterhood

(you decide how to say this—)

 

Yeah, it is

 

C L Couch

 

 

Public Domain

With nearly 1000 [African-American] women employed as burners, welders, scalers, and in other capacities at the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond, California, women war workers played an important part in the construction of the Liberty Ship SS George Washington Carver, launched on May 7th, 1943. Welder-trainee Josie Lucille Owens plies her trade on the ship.

 

Huffington Post

Most U.S. women see gender equality around the world as their shared responsibility.

 

She at the Harvest’s Edge

She at the Harvest’s Edge

 

Women look to get it right

They appear to be on line in every way

They dig to find new truth

And ways to keep what’s hale of old

They don’t take from men

Though men should give it over

 

C L Couch

 

#GlobalGirlsAlliance

#morethancute

 

 

image by Virginia DeVinne

https://www.globalsistersreport.org/column/trends/perennial-power-calling-forth-life-55480?utm_source=GSR%20digest%2010-11-18&utm_campaign=cc&utm_medium=email

 

Men into Space

Men into Space

(someone else’s nostalgia)

 

William Lundigan beat them all

Because he got to space in the fifties

I didn’t see this show while

Growing up

Or Johnny Sokko with his giant robot in the

Half hour before

Other shows I missed as well

Supercar, for instance

I guess this was the fifties-sixties way

To get us there

Enjoy the ride

And encounter who knows what

Only the television writers knew

 

Thankful for retrograde, I guess

Retroactive, retrospective

The tier of channels that carry

Our imagination

From the past

Into the present

Maybe to conferences

And comic books

And all sorts of new brains

 

New days

That started here

In my older siblilngs’ days

Brought forward

Into better resolution

 

Now let’s have, please

Women into Space

 

C L Couch

 

 

image, NASA

STS Discovery Mission 131, International Space Station

Astronauts (clockwise from top right) Naoko Yamazaki, Dorothy Metcalf-Lindenburger, Stephanie Wilson, and Tracy Caldwell

 

If We Dance

If We Dance

(#InternationalWomensDay)

 

a circle and a cross

the symbol for Earth has the cross inside

but this is close enough

to know

the movement is planet-wide

there are things that

don’t need new reason

for dealing with the ancient one

 

there is gender

women number more

the feminine make up half at least

of who we are

one by one

and altogether

who are we without

we are not whole

we countermand creation

 

what other gaps cannot be filled

with sex, yes, and

decision

 

we are strong

and strength will out

muscle and what’s beneath

indifference energized

to charge the fight

for what should be evidential reason

 

someday a woman will preside

over the table

as a woman did, once

and long ago

inviting her will be

forgone

by then

let women rule

no let about it

women can and will

 

seek the alliance now

call it marriage

friendship

partnering or

of a presidency

in place and time

 

call it quits on

masculine oppression

give up the gate

that she has managed age

by age

the less-than-half survive

through what she does

the rest, the most

already know

 

let her in

before she keeps the rest away

celebrate the whole one

we can be

 

C L Couch

 

 

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#InternationalWomensDay

 

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