Photo Challenge #8 “War Paint” – No Painted Maypole


Art work by Chiara Fersinis

I have lived in your shadow so long

You have taken much from me

My soul, my being, my heart

You have left me shaking and irresolute.


But enough is enough; no more can you call me

‘Stupid, dumb, irrational, ignorant,

You’re a woman so what would you know

Get back where you belong.’


I have seen through your poison

Your barbs will no longer take hold

I am a woman to be reckoned with

Preparing myself for my greatest battle.


Do not be confused by this new me

I am no painted maypole, no Jezebel,

What you will see is the real me, liberated

Set free from your yoke of oppression.


I am a woman of means, of purpose

I will rise above your world of pettiness

I will be used nor abused any longer

For my sights are on a higher target.


You will not stop me; I will not be broken

You will not reduce me again to a cowering mess,

I will stand up as never before

Call you for what you really are, nothing!


I know you will doubt my resolve

Ridicule my intention as silly woman’s talk.

In the weeks to come, you will settle again

Into your lonely pathetic life.


The pitiful human you are, I leave behind

To wallow in the mire of your own existence

While I rise triumphant, my colours raised

The resilient woman you feared I would become.


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20 Responses to Photo Challenge #8 “War Paint” – No Painted Maypole

  1. Oh wow Michael this is a powerful and liberating poem love it! Very deep emotional piece you’ve done well channeling the female heroine

  2. CC Champagne says:

    Love this! There is such a power in these beautiful words and you portray emotions with so much sensitivity. Wonderful!!! *smile*

  3. From the feminine perspective, gaining power back against the ridicule of man. I am intrigued how each person sees a different story in a pic. Well done Michael.

  4. Bastet says:

    Love this declaration of war! What a woman she is someone I’d love to meet!

  5. Wow what an intense battle cry! Love it.

  6. RoSy says:

    So wonderful when someone sees their true worth & breaks free from one that abuses or belittles them.

  7. JackieP says:

    Now this spoke to me Michael! Powerful and well spoken. Very good, I really enjoyed the voice in this one.

  8. Oh my, Michael, you did it again. Taking the voice of a woman with conviction…so empowering.

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