Monday, May 18, 2020

Sly Likes: Feminist Poetry from H. Hennenburg

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The statue depicts Dame Millicent Fawcett (11 June 1847 – 5 August 1929), an iconic British feminist.

Today I encountered a thought-provoking poem entitled The Shape of Water. It was written by H. Hennenburg in 1998.

"But do you know that a woman's voice will change the world slowly? Light will creep in where she unburdens her heart."

This poem inspired a train of thought for me.

It makes me think of a line from the song by Ten Years After.

"I'd love to change the world but  I don't know what to do. So I leave it up to you."

Then there's another song that comes to mind, this one by Ani DiFranco.

"I am not a pretty girl, that is not what I do."

Here I am, a woman who sees the ways in which we could be kinder to one another and make the world a better place. But since I am a strange old bird and not pretty at all, I have a hard time making myself heard. The world doesn't tend to listen to women who look like me.

Then again, they don't tend to listen to the women that men fall all over themselves to get next to either.

~Sly Has Spoken~

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  1. World wide our voices ARE being heard more than they have been. Reluctantly, but they are being heard. And occasionally listened to. Small steps where strides are needed. As they are in so many areas if we are to live gentler more compassionate lives.

    1. I'm at the point in my life where I feel like shouting at most people: "oh, just don't be a dick!"
      So many people act like being a dick is their birthright.


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