Thursday, 8 May 2014

I have a daughter

I have a daughter
I dress her in pink
And tell her to try very hard not to think
Its dangerous you know
To believe fairytale prose
Like equal work for equal wage
It really could happen some day
I have a daughter
I dress her in pink

I have a daughter
I dress her in green
And tell her to grow up not to look like me
Grow up to be tall, long, lean
Hide your face behind makeup before you are seen
Because beauty is currency and you can trade
No one is interested in your soul anyway
I have a daughter
I dress her in green


I have a daughter
I dress her in blue
And tell her she will always have a right to choose
Unless she is forced
then we’ll ask with remorse
But what did you wear, what did you drink
and why were you there
I have a daughter
I dress her in blue

I have a daughter
I dress her in red
And tell her if she guards her virginity one day she’ll be wed
And then she can stand proudly as the Minister intones
About how woman was made from Adam’s bone
And how her husband, like Jesus, shall be the head
And she, the church, his body that bled
I have a daughter
I dress her in red

I have a daughter
I dress her in white
And tell her how to avoid getting into fights
Because boys will be boys and they can’t control
And as women we must learn this role
Be meek and mild, know your place
To ensure his fist doesn’t connect with your face
I have a daughter
I dress her in white

I have a daughter

I dress her


in black.

2 comments:

Mualeoa said...

Powerfully feminist! A highly astute message, poignant in the least. Malo sis x

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