II. imbalance of power

“Many stories which are not on paper are written in the bodies and minds of women.“ – Amrita Pritam

in our weakness we find strength

to be a woman is to weep
love hurts because our hearts love deep
and for love’s sake, women lose sleep

to love and nurture is part of our nature

monthly cycle of cramps and blood
hormonal emotions of changing mood
endometriosis, cervical or breast cancer too

even childbearing brings tears of joy and grief

belly stretch marks, skin tags and bags
age and gravity means beauty sags
hot flash sweats feel like dishrag

have women not bourn and mourned enough?

must we also suffer the shame of porn,
abuse, rape, abortion, sexual scorn,
abandoned by lovers in the morn?

godly women clothe themselves in dignity and honor


Linking to dVerse Poets where Punam introduces us to poetry of Amrita Pritam.

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. janicead
    Jun 05, 2022 @ 11:45:00

    Nailed it, sister!


  2. Rob Kistner
    Jun 02, 2022 @ 09:30:50

    So strong Lynn, and powerfully on-point. Woman are so often better leaders, more empathetic, more able to see and hear multiple views. I always felt it was because they are more attuned to the suffering of others, as it is a regular component of their life — so they actually listen. When I was at Lucasfilm LTD. In the late 90’s, my immediate boss was a woman, and her team ran the most efficiently in the organization, and was the most interactive and satisfied — directly the result of her inclusive management style, which I personally attribute to her innate essence of nurturing. Monica was quite amazing. I respect and consider her my friend to this day.


  3. Reena Saxena
    Jun 02, 2022 @ 01:38:03

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Imbalance of Power … by Lynn


  4. pvcann
    Jun 01, 2022 @ 21:20:01

    The duel between joy and grief is palpable Lynn, a recognition of the meaning of the epigraph in personal experiences laid bare, visceral, strong.


  5. Grace
    Jun 01, 2022 @ 17:08:16

    Your last line, in dignity and honor for women despite what women have to go through in life. Thanks for joining in Lynn.


  6. paeansunplugged
    Jun 01, 2022 @ 08:24:36

    “and for love’s sake, women lose sleep”
    Ain’t that the sad truth! We bear so much in the name of love. You have so rightly pointed the marks our skin and mind carry.


  7. Dee Min
    Jun 01, 2022 @ 06:07:30

    This line right here: “love hurts because our hearts love deep”—so true


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