South Africa – National Woman’s Day


August 9, 2017 by petrujviljoen

DISCLAIMER: The Good Men reading this, you know who you are, this is not for you and thanks for the support. This also acts as a trigger-warning.

A series of tanka and haiku – no apologies


Highest statistics

Of woman abuse worldwide

– South Africa’s shame

Thugs, real thugs, rule the country

Donald Trump, eat your heart out


Tired, worn, crumpled

Bad man, why you pick on me?

– I’m a soft target

Ah! Fight someone your own size

Coward! Beating up on me!


Living fear often

Heart-thumping, crippling, blind fear.

Really! Do you understand?


A local slogan

‘I’m a woman I’m a rock’

– toppled and shattered


on a walk, alone,

the road bends and there’s a man

– piss run down my leg

Five tranquilisers

and five long hours it took

– a panic attack


As much as I can take in one sitting of a 20-minute write.

Happy Woman’s Day South Africa!


15 thoughts on “South Africa – National Woman’s Day

  1. E says:

    Sitting with those images could be a reformative experience for those other kinds of men. Your poem should become required reading.

  2. The first piece was very sharp. Well done on the entire body.

  3. Tragedy beautifully expressed. Heart wrenching. And I agree Trump, some men, no heart. America is definitely struggling too. The world can be such a mess. Sending love!

  4. AnnIsikArts says:

    Only one problem with this – Donald Trump has no heart to eat out. Whatever he eats to maintain his magnificent physique, it’s not his own heart.

  5. Your words have a lot of power.

  6. Charley says:

    I won’t deny the possibility of the brutality of men. And the needfulness of men to stand as heroes.

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