Day 15: My 30 Day Poetry Journey

Day 15- I will post a poem (written by someone else) that I love (for any reason).

I would like to begin by acknowledging the fact that I am indeed anti violence against men, women and children. I strongly believe that gender violence does affect women (mostly) in all societies, of all socioeconomic statuses, and racial/ethnic groups. I feel that violence is world-wide and can occur in so many aspects of nature. When it comes to the nature of violence against women I feel that society has come to acknowledge the fact that violence affects women across social, economic and cultural groups. It occurs in public and private places, sometimes perpetrated by strangers but most often by known men (husbands, partners, relatives, friends etc). 

This one of the poems that boldly addresses violence against women. This poem really moved me. It’s really quite disturbing when you think about it. It’s my motivation to raise strong independent compassionate and intelligent children, who will not in any way become abusive.

With No Immediate Cause by: Ntozake Shange

Eevery 3 minutes a woman is beaten
every five minutes a
woman is raped/every ten minutes
a lil girl is molested
yet i rode the subway today
i sat next to an old man who
may have beaten his old wife
3 minutes ago or 3 days/30 years ago
he might have sodomized his
daughter but i sat there
cuz the young men on the train
might beat some young women
later in the day or tomorrow
i might not shut my door fast
every 3 minutes it happens
some woman's innocence
rushes to her cheeks/pours from her mouth
like the betsy wetsy dolls have been torn
apart/their mouths
menses red & split/every
three minutes a shoulder
is jammed through plaster and the oven door/
chairs push thru the rib cage/hot water or
boiling sperm decorate her body
i rode the subway today
& bought a paper from a
man who might
have held his old lady onto
a hot pressing iron/i don't know
maybe he catches lil girls in the
park & rips open their behinds
with steel rods/i can't decide
what he might have done i only
know every 3 minutes
every 5 minutes every 10 minutes/so
i bought the paper
looking for the announcement
the discovery/of the dismembered
woman's body/the
victims have not all been
identified/today they are
naked and dead/refuse to
testify/one girl out of 10's not
coherent/i took the coffee
& spit it up/i found an
announcement/not the woman's
bloated body in the river/floating
not the child bleeding in the
59th street corridor/not the baby
broken on the floor/
there is some concern
that alleged battered women
might start to murder their
husbands & lovers with no
immediate cause'
i spit up i vomit i am screaming
we all have immediate cause
every 3 minutes
every 5 minutes
every 10 minutes
every day
women's bodies are found
in alleys & bedrooms/at the top of the stairs
before i ride the subway/buy a paper/drink
coffee/i must know/
have you hurt a woman today
did you beat a woman today
throw a child across a room
are the lil girl's panties
in yr pocket
did you hurt a woman today
i have to ask these obscene questions
the authorities require me to
immediate cause
every three minutes
every five minutes
every ten minutes
every day. 

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