Woman's WorldHe wakes upWoman's World5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
and notices nothing unusual.
He wanders downstairs in skimpy pjs, switches on the radio
The breakfast show, a witty host and her regulation male sidekick-
the butt of the jokes.
The news is going, that abducted boy found dead, sexually abused, throttled
A woman helping with inquiries
Bored of the chatter he turns it off
Eats his cereal before the telly, a music channel
Women in baggy jeans singing about how nice men look
in clubs, dancing topless around holes.
He unconsciously scrutinises the semi-clad men that surround her
Winding their perfect bodies in sync to the beat, hip rolling
Looks down at his own belly, thinks, I'll skip lunch.
In the shower he shampoos his long hair,
Fretting about baldness
this constant battle with his body.
He shaves his legs, his armpits, his belly
Scans his chest and thighs for regrowth
wonders when he should next visit the salon.
He shaves his jaw.
He dresses uncomfortably
Can't buy anything without some kind of
Woman's World part II-FootballKate is standing behind Paul, a proprietorial armWoman's World part II-Football5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
Draped around his neck.
He's wearing the necklaces she bought him,
gold and silver
She leans forward to make her point
you can say what you like,
no one's gonna pay to watch boys play football.
It's all brute force, boring
no skill at all.'
Dave is earnest.
'Men don't get paid
anything like as much as women,' he says
'The captain of the England men's team
He works as a teacher, lives with his dad
He can't afford to train full time.
There's no money in it
Boys aren't encouraged into it as youngsters
There's no future in it for them.'
'That's cos it's boring,' says Kate
tired of this already.
'It wouldn't be
if they could train as much as the women!'
retorts Dave, intense, sickened by his need
to be taken seriously.
The other men are embarrassed. 'Ignore him,' says Paul,
'He's a bit of a masculist, he gets like this.'
'oh yeah, that right? What, are you a woman-hater, don't you shave your l
ScalesSo this stranger decided he knewScales5 years ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
What my beliefs were based on my t-shirt
And they were this; it was obvious
I believe that a fetus is not a human
Like I believe a seed is not a tree
And I told him that, regardless,
Of my emotional response towards potential trees
It doesn't actually matter, about the stages of brain development,
About fingernails and when they start to form
About lungs and their ability to perform
their functions without assistance from their host
because I am not a host
I am more than potential
I am viable and fully formed
My organs are fully functioning
With no assistance from umbilical cords
Because I am not an incubator
And maybe you need your scales fixed
If they can weigh something the size of my fist
as heavier than my existence
when I have two
raised in the air
and screaming into megaphones
or silent prayers in women's homes
that my body does not belong
to this law or that god
I am dodging the draft of
reproduction of your workforce