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November 2nd, 2010,

In halls and pebbled passage ways
the whispers come and go
"scandalous", "adulatress"*
each word another stone -
pelted at her inadequacy,
to just leave her lover alone.

Inviting the blows
enured to the pain
she would rather suffer thus -
than to lose him again.

Forgetting absolution,
willing to do time,
knowing that longing is forbidden,
and pursuing love -
a heinous crime.

BB 2 Nov. '10

*adulatress - a woman who flatters with servility (Webster's dictionary)

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Structured: Eastern
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I want the raw truth, feel free to knock me on my back
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This was written in response to the recent and ongoing "stonings" of women in Iraq.


but it didn't turn out to be what i thought (smile)

great write boni - the things i hear that happen to women are horrifying
i heard somewhere that the women are buried up to their necks, whereas men are only buried up to their waists and thus have a chance of getting away....

one typo = 'adulatress' (adulteress)

love judy

'Each for the joy of the working, and each, in his separate star,
shall draw the Thing as he sees It, for the God of Things as They are.'
(Rudyard Kipling)

He never seems to learn what makes life worth living, how can those who stone someone not be affected by what they do? Unless they are psychopaths, they have feelings like all of us, how can a man become so cynical, so brutal in mind and body that he makes life for others unbearable?

Well put this poem Bonni. Love from Ann.

"The image of yourself which you see in a mirror Is dead,
but the reflection of the moon on water, lives." Kenzan.

A powerful and well-written indictment of the double standard and hipocracy of paternalistic society's view of women pursing love. Few if any men are treated such, even when they take their victims in violence.

I thought at first, as well, that "adulatress" was a typo, but once I knew the meaning, it fit exactly with the rest.

And yes, in stoning women, it is common to bury them up to their necks, then kill them with large stones or concrete blocks. Notice, of course, that invariably the men who are involved in the "crime" are usually only lashed, and serve prison time, but are seldom killed because they were "inflamed with lust" by the executed woman.

The barbaric hold-over from a more mysogenistic and savage time, unfortunately still extant in some less enlightened parts of our world.

Excellent poetry, Bonitaj, thank you.

Respectfully, Race

"Laws and Rules don't kill freedom: narrow-minded intolerance does" - Race-9togo

Nice to see you here and welcome back, Boni. Was that place Iran or Iraq where a woman was going to be stoned to death?

and, I for one...was glad that I saw enough "shine" in this, to warrant my almost immediate perusal.
One might be inclined to say, "...d'jou hear that ? Somethin' jus' "rocked", my world !"
Thanx, for this.

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Good to be back! Xena! Have to tell you - you're the only one who didn't take it too literally! well done! ;) As Shirley says - aren't we all still STONED FOR LOVE...
Bonita j
I will be back to comment on other writes shortly! Let's hope it's going to be a long and pleasant journey for us all again - back at the Neopoet family gathering!


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