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Posted: April 18th. 2009 6:16:53 PM

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Race for Persephone

by Deborah Voith

Age Group: Adult

Race For Persephone

It happened once,
that a woman ran
a race.
A race from which women
were banned.
(Despite being told that her uterus would fall out.)

It happened once,
that a woman burned
her bra
and refused to shave her legs
to please society.

It happened once,
that a woman won
the right to be funded
and recognized
for her athletic prowess.

I have witnessed the women of my generation
through the former eyes of my young self,
and the older, wiser eyes of my present self,
and many times through the eyes of a feminist,
but always with the eyes of a humanist.

Today, I witness
our daughters
who run faster, play harder
and, although naive about their mother's fight,
know at least- that their uteruses are safe.

Today, I witness
our daughters divide,
allowing themselves to be raped
by society
as they shave, pluck, and accessorize,
lost again in a plastic ideology.

Today, I witness
for our daughters it is socially acceptable
and deemed even desirable
to nourish a machine of narcissism,
where misogynists
skyrocket to fame on a shooting star
of lyrical, female debasement.

Today, I witness
organizations that used to mean something
become a shell
of their former selves
as they stand on a street corner
to sell their souls
to the highest corporate bidder.

I witness
a generation of ghetto, yuppie
"bitches" and "ho's"
who neither ask
nor are taken
Fighting for the right
to self-mutilate
on prime time
as they are urinated upon
by the masses
and there is a thunder of applause.

Succeeding in a convenient abortion
of the spirit
as a means of control
for the uncontrollable.

And politicians
their lips
and stare into the eyes
of a woman
wearing a shroud.

And in this generation
what started as a wildfire
dies in their daughters
with a whimper.

I say to you-
If a generation of women
found a way to open the door
maybe, the next generation
can find the way through.

Author's Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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