international women’s day…

"The Child Shall Be First" - a mural by Peppino Mangravite (fragment)

the day
of recognition
is over
so it’s back
to abuse
as usual
today
a woman
from kosovo
will be kidnapped
from the street
to become
the bride
of a man
she barely knows
you needn’t worry though
it’s the way
things have
always
been
a daughter
will have acid
thrown in her face
by a rejected
iranian suitor
just another
local custom
you needn’t worry
women
will be vilified
for daring
to propose
that their bodies
are theirs
and not
the property
of
the state
you needn’t worry though
it’s the way
things have
always
been
oh
the list
could go on
but i
only
have
today