Category Archives: counting dead women

On Exercising Empathy

I would like to try a little exercise with you. I would like you to try on some shoes. Most of them won’t fit, they’ll be too small but putting aside practicalities for a moment we can metaphorically slip them … Continue reading

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It Was Not

It was not the bottle of wine Who turned me over in bed And forced entry It was not my high heeled shoes Who groped my breasts Without warning It was not my eyeliner Who stuck its tongue In my … Continue reading

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Woman The Verb

I am something to do A thing that is done Do her I did her I had her I am dispensable I am used I chucked her I binned her I dumped her I am a verb I am a … Continue reading

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The Pandemic

When the death was reported there Up and to the left The beating was ignored over here Down and to the right A strangulation left unsolved And a “go home get some rest… Sleep on it…” Was the answer that … Continue reading

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Never Isolated

Isolated And you think of an island Which no man is You think of being cut off As so many women are Unreachable At sea But that it were It never is The isolated myth It happens every day It’s … Continue reading

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Counting Dead Women

Brown eyes A blow to the head Blue eyes Blunt trauma Green eyes Strangulation Hazel eyes Systematic abuse and suicide Old skin Beaten Young skin Slapped and scratched Smooth skin Burned with matches A young body raped An old body … Continue reading

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