By Jessica Enriquez

This poem was written in the style of Jericho Brown’s Duplex.

 

The men in my country have been taught to believe 

Women are property.

A plot of land made for a marketable production

Although the plowing makes it infertile

 

Although the plowing makes it infertile,

Women in the village light altars in the pastures

 

To burn bodies corrupted by an innate desire for contact

Of gentle fingers sliding against ribs—

 

Ribs and hips that must be repressed, rebuilt

To please hands outstretched to impose or ravage

 

Pigweeds, thistle any living thing born outside order

The order of a figure made in the image of God

 

The women in my country have been raised to believe

They are property.

 

Featured image courtesy of Bali Fine Art Female Artists Bali.

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