hysteria

This is an entry for the FEMFLASH 2013 writing competition from Mookychick Online. Enter now.

YOU WANT TO KEEP THINGS CIVILISED & ANTISEPTIC
YOU WANT TO KEEP YOUR HANDS CLEAN
DETACHED, PRECISE, CLINICAL & ORDERLY
A POLITICS LIKE A PRODUCTION LINE
A TOURNIQUET THAT SUFFOCATES THE WOUND

YOU WANT TO KEEP THINGS STIFF & DEAD
AN IDEA PRESERVED IN A GLASS CASE
UNMOVING, UNTOUCHED
YOU ASK FOR CHARTS & DIAGRAMS
BUT FLINCH FROM THE EVIDENCE WE GIVE YOU
IN OUR TEARS, OUR ANGER, OUR SHAKING HANDS

YOU DON’T WANT TO HEAR OUR STORIES
KNOW OUR TRUTHS, LEARN YOUR DAMAGE
YOU BLEACH THEM FROM THE DISCOURSE
BLEACH MY SISTERS’ HISTORY
AND BLEACH MY SISTERS’ SKIN

YOU WANT TO KEEP US SLENDER & BARELY-THERE
EACH BODY A SINGLE WHITE ANEMONE
AND YOU, THE CUTWORMS, FEED SO HELPLESSLY
YOU MAKE US STAMP EACH OTHER OUT
FOR A BREATH OF AIR
AND YOU TAKE EVERYTHING BUT RESPONSIBIILITY

YOU WANT TO KEEP THINGS CIVILISED
YOU WANT TO KEEP THINGS
YOU WANT TO KEEP US
YOU WANT

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