shadows to his monuments

he seemed a little overly-confident
not well enough to be considered cocky
yet i sensed the trap he decorated
and called home; the dismissal
of women as mind
common for that religious fervor
so not unexpected
only dismaying
for her love will fall
like seed on rocky ground
no true binds
without equality woman is
arm candy
frozen place relegated to helpmate
where ambition will die in growth or use
every last strength to break free…
what do we sacrifice for security?
i did not see love from him to her,
only ownership
battles we all fight
have fought
hope mistaken for conquests and jealousies
respect is needed for long hauls
and he will respect no woman
they are seen as shadows to his monuments
dime a dozen
worth only in decorative coin
my sorrow for her might appear to be bitter reflection
can only say i know these paths
i know those eyes
that look at you and think you do not see them stare
incomprehension of woman and mind
grown from youth
the patterns of dismissal
are rooted in self-righteousness
the front of sociable niceties?
…. it only says there will be much going on
behind those particular closed doors
so do not mind me,
i am old
and remember the ocean and the seagulls
tan skin and staring outward
over the vast horizons
i remember i dug a hole for my pain
and the sand accepted it
as i tamped down the grains of glass
we judge and are judged
no future after that though
saw me as a shadow
to any man with misunderstandings of
a human being i became
and was
for better or for worse
that was to be my future
you see, when i stood and dusted the grit from my hands
the tears had already dried
and i was empty and hopeful at the same time
we mourn for what’s left behind, yes
but what i left behind that day
was only a shadow:
only his perception of woman as a THING

and i knew i was more


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