Encroachment by Elizabeth Arnold

The male is the aggressor
even in a birdbath full of sparrows,

mounting, determining what, when, going after

all that shouldn’t be his
more than another’s.

The only way for a woman to be

truly free
is to live alone, liberation

just too high a hurtle

with the man there, history being
a pile of tree trunks on our donkey backs.

From: https://poetry.lib.uidaho.edu/category/elizabeth-arnold/

Date: 2017

By: Elizabeth Arnold (1958- ) Encroachment (21 February 2020)

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