Poetics: Persona Poem

Source: nanmykel.com

OUT TO GET ME

On the streets of New York

every woman wears a lasso at her side.

She struts her stuff and gives a wink–

or was an eyelash in her eye?

Her beauty lures me to her until I am

the captor, no longer her, and with

my marriage vows in shambles,

she escapes. There ought be a law.

 

(Idon’t know how to get my poem to you)

My comment would be:  When researching for my first book, I read “Men Who Rape,” by Nicholas Groth, and found that many men experience the attractiveness of women as an aggressive magnet used against them.

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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17 Responses to Poetics: Persona Poem

  1. I wonder, it’s often said that rape is not about sex but about power… and I guess there are those who feels the need to “control”… BTW I corrected your link at dVerse…

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  2. This is quite a tough subject but I think the shortness conveys the disturbed perspective.

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  3. Sanaa Rizvi says:

    Ah yes… sometimes it is the other way around.. but we just can’t see it..

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  4. ihatepoetry says:

    Great poem – excellent perspective – I wrote on a very similar theme of male socialization.

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    • nmykel says:

      Thanks. I had just picked up a book on the free shelf at our library by Bill Cosby, called “Cosbyology.” It’s short stories and one of them is headed “The Day I Decided to Quit Show Business or The Night I Met the Enemy and It Was I” (p181)

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  5. Abhra says:

    You have said so much in brevity – admirable writing.

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  6. Bodhirose says:

    That’s a chilling thought that some men feel that a woman’s attractiveness is an aggressive magnet used against them! What? I love your opening line here.

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  7. Sadly.. there are some
    folks and some cultures who/
    that cannot bear the thought
    that women have a choice..
    and those are most all
    weak
    folks/
    cultures
    @
    heARt
    most often fostered
    first by daddies
    and or mommies
    who say
    boys
    don’t cry..
    they do or
    they dry up
    and eventually
    blow
    away….
    taking much
    wreckage with
    tHeir storm of
    fear
    and
    hate…

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  8. Grace says:

    Funny how we can twist a perspective so as to justify our (harmful) intentions ~ It is also his fault but he will always insist that he is not at fault ~

    Enjoyed your take ~ Thanks for joining us ~

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  9. Nice to see you here at dVerse. This raises the question of predator and prey. I wrote about it in nature–straightforward. You put forth the complications that we humans add to the equation.

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