Why I resist and persist through poetry.

Asherah
Posted June 8, 2019 from United States
Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash
Photo by Kelli McClintock on Unsplash

I find myself feeling helpless, and at times hopeless.  Women's rights to their own bodies are being restricted, if not completely denied when it comes to their reproductive autonomy.  So, I scream in my poetry.  I shout from the highest glass ceilings in hope that it may shatter from the vociferous vibrations of my voice.  We can no longer remain caged by our politicians and religious leaders/texts.  This is how I resist.  My words are the key that unlock this political prison that restrains and restricts us.  In my writing, I have found freedom.  Within my poem, "Restrictions" I discuss every angle, every opportunity that has been used to define and restrain women, our bodies, our rights.  I persist because women will never be free if our reproductive bodies/lives are viewed as political puppets of patriarchy.  

"Restrictions" by Asherah

 

Restrict our anatomy

With legal deception.

Restrict our rights

To buy contraceptives.

 

Restrict our clinics

With undue cause. 

Restrict our doctors

With burdensome laws.

 

Restrict our healthcare

By cutting the budget.

Restrict our souls

With religious judgement.

 

Restrict our futures

When you limit our body.

Restrict our lives

That you politic and lobby.

 

Restrict our access

By closing locations.

Restrict our choice

With misinformation.

 

Restrict our freedom

Dishonor the nation. 

 

With each restriction

You close a door

Making us prisoners of 

A reproductive war.

This story was submitted in response to Why I Resist.

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Jill Langhus
Jun 09
Jun 09

Hi Asherah,

I quite agree with you, and good luck with your powerful story submission:-) I hope many more will be inspired by your poem. Hope you're having a great weekend!

Asherah
Jun 12
Jun 12

Thanks Jill!

Jill Langhus
Jun 13
Jun 13

You're welcome!

Hello, Asherah,

I’m glad you submitted an entry for the call for stories. Poems can be powerful. Good luck on your submission!

Asherah
Jun 12
Jun 12

Thank you Karen!

You're welcome, dear. :)

Kay Link
Jun 11
Jun 11

We so need poetry in our country at this time (as well as protest chants!). It has been so disheartening to watch. We have to push our own laws forward, elect progressive leaders, and campaign against those that look to strip us of body autonomy. We must do this for ourselves and the women that come after us. I have gratitude for poets like you that are using the power of words and art to highlight the importance of these issues.

Asherah
Jun 12
Jun 12

Hi Kay, Thank you for your comment. I completely agree it is imperative for us to raise our voices, vote, and tell our stories in our country at this time with regards to women's reproductive autonomy. I feel helpless reading/watching the news. I desperately needed an outlet--poetry is not only a beautiful way to redirect those emotions, but it can also be quite fun and I've found it to be a really amazing journey!

Beth Lacey
Jul 09
Jul 09

Amen