Etheree for Dverse


May 20, 2016 by petrujviljoen

“It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds’. I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” 

– Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy

Hidden Woman


I’m sick

of breathing

so you can live

my life incarnate

of your bodied needs

my submission mandated

by right of patriarchal creed

my righteous outrage viciously crushed.

Shamed, I scratch among the ruins for me.


Linked to Dverse Poets Meet the Bar. Victoria C Slotto (re)introduces the Etheree

Note: I often forget to add that I invite constructive criticism, and that photos, artworks and text is copyrighted to me unless I state otherwise.

Inspired by:


Feministing Sarah and Hagar by Vanessa Rivera de la Fuente


30 thoughts on “Etheree for Dverse

  1. Bryan Ens says:

    Doesn’t sound like the best relationship.

  2. Hardest of pains
    can be slavery
    to any ’cause..
    And certainly
    stuff like the
    sTiLL ever present
    reality of female genital
    mutilation.. institutionalized
    rape in the form of Dowries..
    stove top wife burnings in
    Pakistan.. Lesbians being
    buried to thEir Breasts
    and Stoned iN iRan
    so they will not
    be able to
    cover tHeir
    eYes.. speaks
    volumes of the
    Hell that patriarchal
    cultures and religions
    can BRinG to BeaR
    noW buT tHeRe iS thE
    greateR freeDom oF
    NoW ShArinG
    to lifT the
    real veil
    of ignorance
    and make the
    original meaning
    of the word noW
    StiLL Apocalypse
    bY Greek sTandard
    come to TrUth noW
    and liGht iN FruiTioN
    as even social science
    suggests that women in
    Muslim Countries WiLL
    share the generally same
    freedoms as they do today
    in the U.S.A.. by 2050.. and
    tRuLy women are free enough
    wHere i Live to Bootie Dance
    by initiation and not have to
    worry about reprisal
    from males
    on the
    further than
    level of consent..
    At Least here.. women
    are winning the race
    of masculine and
    feminine noW
    and males..
    so far
    to go
    lost overALL
    DiViNE BALANCE..:)

  3. Barry D. says:

    I’m a man, and I’m sick of it too. This is a powerful, sad social commentary on how things are, unfortunately. Well-written, and felt.

    • The support to this write has been overwhelming. I express my thanks.As I mentioned in another comment – raising awareness through Feminism has made serious inroads but there is still very much to do.

  4. Anna :o] says:

    A brilliant write. By the third read I had become intensely sad, so sad for those whose lives are captured in your words

    • Yes, it is unfortunately still very true for a great very many women all over the world. The figures of women dying and being abused resembles the statistics of a full scale war. Today, as we speak.

  5. Mish says:

    Riveting. Sadly, this could be the voice of so many women living in secret turmoil.

    • Thousands and thousands and tens thousands of women. We still need to learn to speak out albeit with fear of reprisal, even in first world countries.

  6. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Such a riveting read 🙂 Kudos

  7. Yep, those opening lines grabbed me – I had to read on! Love the darkness – it’s what i do.

    • Wouldn’t admit to ‘loving’ the darkness but it’s there so one deals with it as best one can. Thanks for the visit and comment! Appreciated!

  8. Rosemary Nissen-Wade says:

    A striking conclusion.

  9. Imelda says:

    This is intense. It has that revolutionary feel to it. 🙂

  10. whimsygizmo says:

    This leaves ME breathless:

    I’m sick

    of breathing

    so you can live”


  11. Grace says:

    I felt the deep despair and sadness ~

  12. Such a strong message delivered… it’s a shame how the world can be.

  13. A pointed and aching piece, Petru. But so real, much to ponder here!

  14. Mary says:

    An intensely evocative etheree!

  15. Oh, ouch. You used the form to paint a painful picture–a reality for so many. That last line is potent.

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