Friday, December 08, 2017

Cell 23 is reserved ~~ a Poem for the #metoo effort



Cell 23
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Cell 23 is reserved. Reserved for the men fulfilling their own uncontrolled beastly lusts.  These ladies, and millions more, who have been made their objects have had enough of being silent.

Not wanted and not liked, these antics towards the women have changed the lives of every one touched or spoken to. The actions and words are not forgettable and hardly ever forgiven. 

We who have somehow been spared have a hard time emphasizing with them. That could be you or me but try a little harder. Can you remember when you were hurt in ways you won't ever discuss? 

Have you been spoken to in harsh or demeaning ways you didn't deserve? Have you? Or perhaps if you try hard you can remember injustices done to you. Well, like you, these millions of women have memories that never will be erased.

(If you are a perpetrator, don't say you forgot.  Except for people lacking in mental capacity, perpetrators don't forget crass, hurting, immoral, and illegal acts to another person.  If you say you forgot YOU LIE.)

Worse ever so more for the victims because it affronts and insults their humanity.  Situations in life, perhaps from birth, which lend to their powerlessness to avoid . If you witness such an incident you can report it. And be a witness with testimony that can help.

And if you are a perpetrator STOP IT RIGHT NOW!

With the courage of so many in modern times, it is time for Cell 23's all over the land to be filled. Remember, you can help the effort in many ways, whether or not you have been an object.  There's an empty Cell 23 near you.

Women still hurting
Indelible scars remain
Let's make it better 
Help fill your Cell 23 
There is one near you, start now
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Poem Copyright, © 2017 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved 

Top photo is a cover of Time Magazine which I copied from Sherry's post at the "Real Toads" link below 
Photo at right is furnished by GMa - at GMa's Succinctly Yours Week 143 , ( http://grandmas-goulash.info/2013/12/succinctly-yours-week-143/ )
 - I'm linked with, at the Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, The Silence Breakers,  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/2017/12/wordy-thursday-with-wild-woman-silence.html


 - Sherry wrote, "Women's strength and courage is validated by the Time Magazine devoting its cover this week to honour The Silence Breakers. Woman-strong, they stand together to acknowledge the brave actresses naming their abusers. The mighty are falling."  Read more at her link shown above.

 - My writing is of an experimental form to me, the Haibun .( http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/haibun-poems-poetic-form.)  Mine is modified as the Haibun by definition concludes with a three line Haiku or Senryū with seventeen syllables, 5-7-5.  I felt need for an extra couple of lines so opted for the Tanka which has fourteen more syllables with two additional lines, 5-7-5-7-7. Poetic Forms: Haiku, Senryu, Tanka, and Lunes (http://lestersmith.com/2009/05/poetic-forms-haiku-senryu-tanka-and-lunes/ )

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8 Comments:

At Friday, December 08, 2017 1:10:00 PM, Blogger Sherry Blue Sky said...

Jim, thank you for writing so strongly in defense of women. It is men like you who give us hope. I just wrote a new poem about a recent incident in Vancouver, and one brave young man - out of a whole train car full of passengers - who stood up to defend a young Muslim girl under attack.

 
At Friday, December 08, 2017 1:43:00 PM, Blogger Jim said...

Thank you, Sherry, I'm glad you started this on "Real Toads". Yes, I we need brave men, and I think there are more and more of them, younger.
Actually, I wasn't spared (it's a poem, you know). It wasn't physical but it was at the workplace when I was a young college dropout. I was a setup 'man' for an assembly line of 20 women. Most every day they made me blush, on purpose they would talk and ___ sex to and for me. I couldn't quit, tell, or wouldn't. Because of my age and also because good paying jobs were hard to get. I WILL NEVER FORGET, I know the #metoo ladies will not forget either.
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At Friday, December 08, 2017 3:53:00 PM, Blogger brudberg said...

This is what's needed... a way to voice the right support. I have tried hard to find moments in my own background that resembles those of women... I think even the perpetrators have been victims and know very well the hurt they cause...

 
At Friday, December 08, 2017 5:30:00 PM, Blogger Paul John Dear said...

Strong words Jim, well spoken.

 
At Friday, December 08, 2017 6:50:00 PM, Blogger Toni Spencer said...

Not only should men look to see what times they may have been harassed, they need to look at times they demeaned or sexualized a woman. thank you Jim.

 
At Saturday, December 09, 2017 6:56:00 AM, Blogger Namy said...

Well written and spoken up

 
At Saturday, December 09, 2017 7:49:00 PM, Blogger Susan said...

This is quite a challenge, a very welcome challenge.

 
At Saturday, December 09, 2017 10:50:00 PM, Blogger Gillena Cox said...

Well voiced Jim

much love...

 

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