SILENCE – Georgiann Carlson

are expected to keep secrets
to never tell
never accuse
to seal their lips
hide their bruises
and let men walk away free
after rape
and psychological
after cheating
after punishing
after threats
and cruelty
women are EXPECTED
to take it
to protect the men who are filled with
hatred and violence
men who destroy the lives
of women and children
but silence won’t save anyone
it won’t stop the brutality
that’s just one more lie women are told
silence really does equal death
death of spirit
of hope
of dreams
and of life itself
part of the reason for their silence
is that the culture in which they live
hates them as well
so they aren’t believed
blamed for what happens to them
and they are forced to go
to other men for help
men who also beat and rape
so many women are literally
prisoners of the system
that likes them
just where they are
Photo:  Kristina Flour

I’m an artist, a writer, a vegetarian, an animal rights activist, and quite a few other things as well. I love books, cats, philosophy, good conversation, Chicago and the arts. So my blog is full of bits and pieces but it’s the bits and pieces that make life interesting to me. You can read more of my writing at Rethinking Life

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