In dim lit quarters
that reeked of age and dust
the hierarchal man barks orders
to the maids with barely a dime for crust
they stitch and sew
work their hands to the bone
for men in camouflage uniforms
but for equality, there’s no reform
a slave among women
the same it’s always been
freedom has no voice
it comes down to individual choice
ah, there’s a concept
-- individual choice
the freedom to go against
to wander beyond lines
of conformity and structure
wander off the pages
avoid the rhyme
and live perpetually in only now
in dim lit quarters
the women stitch and sew
as the man barks orders
and their hearts grow still and cold
damn that incessant voice!
that speaks ‘I want to be free!’
Robin Coe is a journalist and author. She wrote the fantasy novel "Fly on the Wall" and graphic novel "Illustrated Book of Wrath".
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