Caged, Yet Unaware

20 x 30 oil on canvas
 “Caged, Yet Unaware” musical composition

Helpless in the hands of her captive
A delicate fowl is coerced to create. So
Too, no license to choose, young girls
Seek mates for class, money, or race.

A world of Nature uncovered, his male-call
Discovered driving success for his species.
Sadly akin, not just for reasons virile,
Merely to be “man”, now all will take you seriously.

To bathe first, to eat first, he shall quench his
Thirst, first! The hen, no value but sex, must wait.
No matter her mind, skills, gifts above equal,
A woman shall be woman with payment too late.

Though her Darwin feathers were lacking for colors,
They’re bright for him, not too dim for all to see.
Sacrificing long to the growth of Man,
Behind doors hidden scores of untold women.

Dominance shall rule the pecking order,
For his taste decides what’s appealing.
Hair color, body weight, breast size all; an object,
A plaything, his toilet which springs relief.

Why Mother Nature approved of such things
To drive all mothers to teach their daughter’s accepting?
But worst of all her intellect still believes,
“It’s a man’s world, and I am not worthy.”

One can understand its value at the dawn of Man,
This world compelled dominance, power to
Protect his clan. Today, they claim God’s will, so
Religions and traditions maintain by duping their girls.

Let’s abandon the lie, presuming all men equal.
Dare we punish the sensitive, bind our thoughtful?
Freely nurturing, these life-givers uncaged, would deliver
A world built on love and one without war.