What does it take for a girl
to succeed in this patriarchal world?
When she was a twinkle in his eye
it took lust
When she was a fire in his loins
it took thrust
When she was a decision for his morals
he was just
When she was defenseless
it took trust
But when it took care, impossibly
she was crushed
Now that girl wounded in pieces
What does she do?
Now that girl wooed as he pleases
She thought she knew
Now That Girl fooled and mistreated
Does she come unglued?
Does she climb atop another Obelisk
Claim a new Ra
Flood and destroy her pyramid
only to lose her
Does she sit as her child dies
Is she akin to Cleopatras imagining
is she Revered like Mary?
or Relegated like Mary Magdalene?
Does she know her ancestor
was a Shaman?
Does she just watch as
manifest destiny happens
What does it take for her to succeed?
Does she require two successful parents
Does she pull herself up by the boot straps
Does she pull herself up by the bra straps
Does she burn her bra & love freely of thought tax
Does she hate the tree & act with a false axe
Is she pantsuits & lawsuits
Is she fishnets & fishscale
Is she blue collar & blue pills
Jerse Shore or Maya Moore Jersey Sales
Is she Pro Life or Pro Love
Is she big girl’s club or Bad Girls Club
Does it take her rape, her pride,
her respect, her objectification,
her humility, her sexuality,
her intelligence, her piece of mind,
her piece of the dream, her morality,
her history, her identity,
HER SOUL to succeed…
And after all that.. is that.. Success?