Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Hymn For Medicated Mermaids

As a child, I was taught to respect
adults,
doctors,
priests,
the man on the bus with his hand on my knee.
All the assembled assholes of the western world,
I've been through them
one
by
one. 

I'm a sweet little bee
with a million stingers.
Go ahead and pat my ass now--
I'll make you feel my pain if it kills me.

Ladies, you almost-friends of mine,
discuss me til your lips fall off. 
This one says this
and that one says that
about my manner and my choices and 
the teeming cosmos of all you think you know but don't.

Today a famous perv got 175 years for exercising his shriveled soul
at the expense of others.
Not enough, but better than business as usual.
Meanwhile,
us bitches,
us drunks,
us suicides,
gather at the river, lifting our skirts and wading in
just as if it, and we, and our better angels

hadn't already gone on without us.
________

Image at top: Annie Murphy

Larry Nassar's victims speak out HERE

8 comments:

எஸ் said...

I'm crazy about the second stanza and this:

"Meanwhile,
us bitches,
us drunks,
us suicides,
gather at the river, lifting our skirts and wading in"

angie reinspired said...

this news did sicken me. i'm glad if you see something, you say something Shay

Tabitha Bird said...

This poem- sadness beautifully expressed. I also love this:
"Meanwhile,
us bitches,
us drunks,
us suicides,
gather at the river, lifting our skirts and wading in"

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Though unaware of the particular perv, am familiar with the type and 175 years isnt enough but as you say better than business as usual. Strong and sure, as always, my friend.

Sioux Roslawski said...

My big joy is the moral code in prisons (or so they say). I've heard that guys in prison hate child molesters.

He'll get his... Hopefully he'll be someone's girlfriend several times a day. Every day. For 175 years.

Buddah Moskowitz said...

I don't know how a person abuses someone weaker, someone entrusted to them, and justifies it to their self.

I echo all the positive comments here. Great poem, btw, la la Mosk

Magaly Guerrero said...

The thought of showing anything but contempt for with "his (or her) hand on my knee" against my will makes me want to break a nose... and, perhaps, some finger bones, too.

Mama Zen said...

175 years is spit in a bucket compared to what he deserves. An OU gymnast recently did an interview revealing that she is Athlete A in the complaint against Nassar. He could have been stopped years ago if the powers that be hadn't sacrificed those girls for medals and endorsements.

I actually tried to write a poem about this, but I didn't do it justice. You did.