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The way of the wind
is to blow where it will,
though changed in its course
by sunlight and night
and by walls and by trees,
butterflies, seas.

The way of the wind / is to blow where it may )


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High Priestess I

2015-Jun-21, Sunday 13:00
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I am woman.
I am here.
I am that which
all men fear:
that what he knows
is just not so,
and what is so
he cannot know.

The words ring clear:
Believe. Revere.

I am trans and
I am queer.
I am that which
all men fear:
that he is not
what he was taught,
that we have thought
and quite a lot.

The words ring clear:
Believe. Revere.


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They say that if you believe
in the equality of genders,
you are a feminist
and should call yourself one.

Tell me )


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Aikido

2015-Jan-31, Saturday 01:31
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I can be anything I want to be.
You taught me that.
Education is important.
You taught me that.

Perhaps I learned too well )


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they say there are two wolves
in each of us
one made of all the vicious things
one made of all the virtues

which wolf wins?
the one I feed

but anger is a thing of vicious wolf
"God grant me the serenity"—
it is not courage that changes things
that can, that must be changed
it is anger

virtuous wolf takes no offense where none is meant
which values intent of speaker
over pain
of those hurt by careless words

if I starve the virtuous wolf
indeed I will become
a hateful thing
a hate-full thing

but if instead
I starve the vicious wolf
I will not be good
just sanctimonious

and how to call someone 'good'
who would deny a helpless animal
its only source of food

I feed both wolves
which wolf wins?
why must there be a winner?


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(the history of the two-wolves story and the version used as reference for this poem)
alexconall: the Pleiades (Default)
Are we all we are?
Are we as good as we can be?
Open up your eyes and
Look around at what you see
In Bangladesh a building fell
Killed people who made our clothes
Three hundred eighty died
Just so we could get those
Cheaply
Cheaply
We value their lives cheaply

It's only been five months since / The fire where a hundred died )

Our cheap clothes are worth more than their cheap lives!
If we want to be who we want to be, we must strive
To change that, to buy only clothes made in USA
Or places with better safety and pay!
Not Bangladesh or Thailand or China
Or places life's cheaper than in North Carolina
This is our fault! We killed those five hundred!
Our greed and our stinginess! I won't say it blunted!

Are we all we are?
Are we all we are?


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Little sister, you asked me the other day if
I could help you learn about feminism and
gender and sexuality, the whole shebang.
And I handed you bell hooks, though I'm not finished
reading the book I lent you. That should be a hint
that it's not a 101 book. I should help you
find introductory material. I should—
Let me explain. No, it's too much. Let me sum up.

Privilege. Noun. Unfair advantages some enjoy. )

You have so much to learn, sister. I'm glad you asked.


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Today I saw a bumper magnet on an
SUV. In red and white and blue it said
"freedom isn't free".

'Support our soldiers', too, in gold )

Those who pay the price are not the ones who get
the benefit. All we want is our fair share!
Secure OUR liberty!


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