Handmaids’ Tale? By Forrest Robert Stepnowski
Are we living in the prequel to a Handmaids tale?
Misogyny is on the rise
Women are being silenced once again by the hands of white men
Forcing their control, “power”, dominance
Men who lack respect, concern, compassion
Men who hide in their insecurities
Stand back and stand by
He trumpeted loudly to white nationalists groups who claim to be…. proud
The commanders triumph as we become a nation of Handmaids
And the proud serve as “the guardians of the right”
Protect and serve?
In God…. we trust?
How do we pray when HATE is the sermon that is being preached?
How do we end racism when bigotry is endorsed by men in leadership?
How do we end this renewed rape culture, when our politicians say “grab them by the …,” because boys will be boys?
We are living with anxiety
We are living with terror
We are living while our breath is being taken away from us
We are living a dystopian nightmare
All lives do not matter until black lives matter equally, without persecution or murder
All lives do not matter until the lives of transgendered are protected from hunters who see blood
My sisters and brothers, I say this to you
Let your voices raise up to the rafters
Let your intolerance of injustice be your instrument
Let your song be sung until “we overcome”
Let your art be displayed so our eyes see your truth
Let your poem be written so others can read it
So people know they are not alone