You Must Stop Killing Us

Sometimes we say no–
We are people
With lives,
Sick mothers,
Even–dare I say it?–

Move on,
Divorce us,
Shout if you must–
Write hateful letters
And burn them,
Not us.
Shoot off your mouth,
Not us.
Consider that the fault
Might lie with you,
Not us.

About janemwoodman

Singer, writer, restaurant reviewer, urban farmer, devoted lover of my husband....old and getting happier all the time.
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3 Responses to You Must Stop Killing Us

  1. artemisfoul says:

    Really poignant response, thank you for this…

  2. janemwoodman says:

    Ah, it isn’t graceful or pretty. But it’s one of those mosquito pieces…they buzz around until I write. But I’m not sure this one will go away, not as long as the “if I cain’t have you, cain’t nobody have you” mentality is extant. I’m so deathly sick of hearing about women being killed for no reason other than some man was tired of some behavior or even just their very existence.

  3. artemisfoul says:

    The very idea that some men believe they are owed a beautiful woman shakes me deeply. I am grateful to feel like I belong to ArtiDaddy but it the power in it comes from the fact that our hearts recognized each other and that I give myself to him. He takes from me nothing that I don’t offer gladly. The conversations around consent have gotten louder lately in our world. I hope this represents a tidal shift in our culture……

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