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Poem: Speaker Sex and Perceived Apportionment of Talk

 

Speaker Sex and Perceived Apportionment of Talk

The voice of just one man can fill a space.
How strange it is that sound is large this way.
We must push it aside and take our place.

A donkey wins the presidential race
He mounts the podium, begins to bray.
The voice of just one man can fill a space.

We earn a full fifth less in the workplace.
Our bodies, curved in service, on display.
We must push it aside and take our place.

And if he strikes you down as coup de grâce?
Not all men are malicious, so they say.
The voice of just one man can fill a space.

Imprint your palm with phone, car keys and mace.
If when walking alone fear starts to fray--
We must push it aside and take our place

Sweetheart. Play hard to get, I love the chase.
You frigid bitch. Shut up, I'll make you pay.
The voice of just one man can fill a space.
We must push it aside and take our place.

Details: Speaker Sex and Perceived Apportionment of Talk is unpublished. It was written by me for a villanelle assignment in 2017.