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Come Together Women’s History Month Blog Carnival, March 25, 2008 — “The Other Woman”

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The Other Woman

The ancient lines
Drawn
The ancient dust
Settles the storm
Arriving

On the eve of the revolution

Blood flows red
Into the gutter.
Sites of ancient women’s power
Buried
In the dirt
In the dust

I want this more
Each day I flounder
With the words left unsaid

I am not
As white as you
I am not
As rich as you

Still I bleed red
In darkness

While you shine
With your golden hair
And your beautiful words

And I hate you

But really, deep-down
You are everything
I wish to be

With your confidence
Your grace

I know
You will be a leader
Women will love you
Women will follow you

While I lie
Here in the background
With the other
Lost and buried
Women

Because my hair
Does not shine gold
My voice
Does not sing sweetly
You are everything
That I am not

And I hate you
Even though
I know I shouldn’t
Even though
I want to love you
Even though

Everything in you screams
‘I am a fucked thing
Just like you
I hate you too
Shut the fuck up shut the fuck up shutthefuckup

SHUT THE FUCK UP’

And everything in me
Screams back
Until
We can not hear each other
We can not hear ourselves

So

I ask you
To join me here
On the eve of the revolution

Round the kitchen table
In the garden
Round the tribal fire
In those ancient sacred sites

Believe that there is a
A place
Where women are free
To love ourselves
And each other

That place
Is in my heart
When I reach out a hand
And call you sister

That place is in you
When you reach back

–by Dani/allecto, who is a 26 year old radical feminist lesbian, a descendant of a First Nations people, an activist, vegetarian, child-care worker; a creative, passionate, alive, inspired woman. She believes that Sisterhood is the most powerful force in the Universe.

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5 thoughts on “Come Together Women’s History Month Blog Carnival, March 25, 2008 — “The Other Woman”

  1. This made me cry. So powerful and beautiful. You have a wisdom beyond your years and I am honoured to call you sister.

    Posted by Hecate | March 26, 2008, 9:16 pm
  2. Yes, Allecto, I agree with Hecate, and am also honored to call you sister.

    Posted by womensspace | March 26, 2008, 11:26 pm
  3. Wow. Thank you so much Hecate and Heart. I too am honored to call both of you sisters.

    My writing owes so much to having found Women’s Space and this beautiful fantastic community of strong, passionate women. Thank you, Heart for being so supportive of my writing. It means more than words can express.

    Posted by allecto | March 27, 2008, 7:00 am
  4. Oh, allecto. You’ve made my day! You young women inspire and encourage me so much!

    Posted by womensspace | March 27, 2008, 8:42 pm
  5. Beautiful and moving.

    Posted by whatsername | March 30, 2008, 4:18 am

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