I have been writing and performing slam poetry for quite a few years, and this poem is my latest. As of late, there has been a lot of great art about how women and girls (myself included) are treated by men in public. While I find a lot to be said about this topic, I like the idea of flipping it on its head a bit. For many women and girls, (myself included) there is an inner struggle when it comes to this. If I've never really received this male attention, and for the first time in my life I DO, am I supposed to be flattered or offended? How does ego and society effect if I see myself as a HUMAN versus a WOMAN? As this is a slam piece, keep in mind the rhythm of the piece! Thanks for reading!
"Women Over 40 Are Not To Be Trusted". I saw this on a T-shirt in 2003. In Tokuyama. The wearer was a middle-aged Japanese man and it was his day off. The T-shirt was pink and the letters black... Fast forward to the future. At 40 I had my first baby, at 41 and a half, my second. That's all you need to know about that. We moved to country NSW. Daily life has evolved into: eating, drinking, school runs, shitting, shopping, surviving, cooking and cleaning. My life had become DULL. We are 25 kilometres away from the nearest Target and Coles. 50 kilometres in the other direction is ALDI. Sadly: these are important factors in my daily life. The bush is nice. People wax lyrically about the bush. Poems written and published, all very romantic. It's a nice place to visit. To live here: it's dull as batshit. We've just resolved the water issues by instilling a bore. Now my children don't bathe in mud. One day my gay best friend rang me from the city. He'd bought me a ticket to Hawaii. This is what happened.