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Poets of the Year 2016

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Denise Stephani is one of the United Press
Poets of the Year 2016.





Here are two of her poems that helped her achieve this recognition.





If only God were a Womb-man…

The downward spiral began when God became a man,
It all became about power and might
Domination Song rose in the darkest of night
Joy and caring flew out of sight

The loveless war
The endless fight
Sickening violence
The end of Right

The voice of the womb
Now silent as the tomb
Love, light and laughter
Only found in the hereafter


Proteas

A Kinda Life

For Malala who was shot in the head and left for dead & all the women and girls in the Gender War

Has life been kind to you?  He said

As her heart stopped and bled

She sighed and shook her head

If I could’ve I would’ve fled

 

Life sucks for us ducks

What is bad for the goose is good for the gander

Life is angled for the power of the boys’ den

It is hard to be the shoved out hen

 

If Sallys had equal money

Blokes would lose the power to control the honey

If Janes could have equal learning

Guys would feel their egos burning

 

For thousands of years they have kept us down

And they have snatched and held the gender crown

Marys have smiled behind a tear and frown

But now us Jennies must turn it all upside-down

 

Has life been kind to you?  He queried

You look so tired and wearied

No, she stuttered

To see it you must be kind

Most Johns push our struggles from their mind.

When we talk of rape

They say ‘Peel a grape’

When we say that we’ve been battered

They say: To listen would leave me shattered

Man-made Sheila pain

Is silenced for their gain

 

Has life been kind to you?

SHE said,

I wish I could lie inside your bed

And have your life instead

Not be the prey who is left for dead

 

Life sucks for us ducks

What is bad for the goose is good for the gander

Life is angled for the power of the boys’ den

It is hard to be the shoved out hen

 

For thousands of years they have kept us down

And they have snatched and held the gender crown

Marys have smiled behind a tear and frown

But now we Jennies must turn it all upside-down

 

Has life been kind to you?  He asked

Has life been kind?


Malala at Girl Summit 2014 via Wikipedia

Also see:-

WildSOUND Best of Poetry 2015

United Press Top Ten Writers 2015

United Press Women Writers of 2014




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