Login

Hispanic Outlook

Artist: Nancy Prendergast, M.D., Diagnostic Radiologist and Artist

Dictum


Women are equals

Intense.

 

They say, “She is intense.”

 

And they mean to wear me down

 

Till I fit

 

In a notion.

 

Masked,

 

Some of my sounds are muffled

 

My smile becomes only a chagrin within

 

My hard fought authority withers

 

I know why I am here

 

Even if constantly behind

 

Asked to

 

Fit quietly into a notion written as a “How to be feminine”

 

Encyclopedia

 

Volume 2020

 

Every line in between what is said

 

What is allowed

 

I push back against

 

I know why I

 

Mask

 

Now

 

To operate a machine still running

 

To regard a pandemic coming for us all

 

Equally

 

A fire is burning

 

On two sides of a three ply

 

You think the mask is opportunity to hold me back

 

In my place

 

In my race, color, gender, or a presumed magnitude pronounced since the beginning of prejudice

 

First breath,

 

A mandate championed over and over to have but one class

 

Of human

 

I trespass these decrees

 

Force now to exact my

 

Femininity

 

You will see

 

Me bleeding out a capacity that does not ask permission

 

These chains that remain

 

This mask that suggests I will always submit to being ill defined

 

Merely accentuate my eyes piercing into your soul,

 

Knowing full well

 

I have power in my mind that is frightful

 

And warm

 

My soul has rights

 

I fight back

 

The ignorance that gave opportunity to lies

 

Over human existence

 

The virus comes for us

 

But I make viral

 

The undeniable

 

Escalating finally to the frank

 

Women are equals

 

In rank

 

Holding back nothing to be both vulnerable and resistant

 

To impartial truths

 

Like a virus

 

Like

 

A mask

 

May 2020 cleanse persistent arguments

 

That say

 

She, he, they

 

Them

 

Only

 

Cannot be

 

Will never

 

Not today

 

Maybe maybe maybe

 

I remain here

 

Mark my word

 

As I have always been

 

Flesh

 

Wisdom

 

An asset to the constant fight against a threat

 

Of forgetting

 

We are all humans

 

Being eaten alive by a universal threat

 

Of minimizing 

 

Leave a comment

You need to Login or Register