Womanifesto

Eve, Pandora,
the sisters of Islam
and I.
We are the ones.
Lock us up, hide us away,
tear us down.
Unable to control yourselves,
you will control us.
Imprison us in silicone, spandex, silence.
Hide our books, send our brothers to school,
educate us to be docile,
disappointed, and dangerous.
Burn us, stone us, drown us–you must,
because you fear us. You see the lioness pacing in her cage,
waiting for her chance, so you lock the door tighter.
Although we do not make the rules,
we are to blame.
Because we do not make the rules,
we are to blame.

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