For International Women’s Day.
THIS POEM HAS A FEMINIST AGENDA
This poem has a feminist agenda,
so any man who isn’t man enough
to accept the limitless woman
you can leave,
The world in which you believe
has run out of breath
it’s on its last legs
and is about to be buried
by a pain that has gone on
for too long.
A pain that I will never know.
I was born into an unbalance, a privilege,
one that I confess for most of my life
I didn’t know existed.
Being a man is comfortable,
but that’s a comfort I vow not to stick with
a comfort that frankly men should be sick with.
So I’ll forever bow to the women who’ve persisted
through my own sex’s perverted, bigoted stupidity.
One day I hope to have a baby girl,
and I can’t wait for her to show the world
that she can do anything
that she can be anything
that she is worth everything.
She’ll have no reason to hide,
and I will simply step aside
and watch that woman shine.
– Gideon Heugh