September 2017

Single mum blues

 

My wonder woman PJs
reveal my inner hero.
Some days are very good days,
others less than zero.

And so I battle along
as each single mother knows.
It’s a severe marching song –
the long fight never slows.

Loneliness? It’s an issue
but not at the top of the list.
More than enough hurried hues
paint over being kissed.

Some old sparks generate red:
delight of a chiselled chest
or compliment someone said,
to see wives calm and blessed.

I dream of him for a time –
my hero beyond the knight.
A slight relief from my crime.
I’m heroine at dawn’s light.

 

© Leanne Wicks

“A gender-equal society would be one where the word ‘gender’ does not exist: where everyone can be themselves.”*

I’ve always been aware of gender conditioning and actively tried to combat any lingering prejudices or stereotypes in my own parenting, even down to encouraging dolls with my boys when they were little. It’s great to read people writing about gender issues they’re experiencing with their kids. For too long these subjects have been discouraged or silenced. I’d love to publish some more creative writing on this topic, especially if you are struggling with a child who actively tries to move away from gender normative preferences. A society where everyone can be themselves thanks Gloria for those aspirational words.

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* Gloria Steinem