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Patriarchy -- how it ends

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The kings,
They come in caravans to die
And they bring with them their servants.
And their jewels stay with them
When they are buried

One hundred years apart
In the back yard.
And their graves
Fall down
And are removed

For paving stones
And the road that the kings arrived on
Is called Kings Highway.
Now cars race along that way
Right off the edge

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And are buried and so on.
And doesn't this sound familiar?
The lights turn green;
They let us go,
And then they turn red as blood

And we stop and are buried
In our cars
Which rust and turn to dust.
And now we're having dinner
In a busy restaurant

And the old man excuses himself
And gets up to use the bathroom
But he loses his way in the back
Where the bar is
And he walks out the back of the restaurant

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And he pees by the dumpster
And sits down on a rusty chair
And stares at the stars
And the stars stare back
And we come out and find him

And we walk him back inside
Gently scolding,
Are you OK?
Why did you do that? You scared us.
That's how it ends.

 

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Yep. The wheels on the bus go round and round.

Beautiful and deep as always, Gary. I love your writing.

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Here is what I wrote about this poem in my blog:

Patriarchy, thinking about it, writing about it is a bottomless task. Because we are still "in" it. It isn't over. It hasn't "ended". Well, not everywhere anyway. There are islands in the United States that you can visit where there is no patriarchy, but gender roles are fluid and creative and community is open and welcoming to all sorts of individuality and diverse cultural expressions. Most places however, you have to deal with patriarchy and hierarchical bullshit. And when you look at patriarchy as a cultural reality and as a Weltanschauung and try to penetrate it and see what it is made of, the elements of it get tinier and tinier, (and older and older!) so you need an electron microscope to look into what makes it tick. Thank god there are people who are willing to do that rigorous analytical, meticulous work.

As a poet, if I want to write about patriarchy and the end of patriarchy, my job, as I see it, is to come up with some metaphors that can help me explore some aspect of the topic that isn't the last word, but speaks to some of Western Culture's experience of Patriarchy and some of my own. This poem reflects that melding of the supra-personal (collective) and the personal or subjective, and for now, that's the best I can do. But the image of the caravan of kings (which I borrowed from the actual history of the Abby in Iona where viking kings would journey to die) and the old man wandering out of the restaurant to sit in a rusty chair by the dumpster (his throne), where he communes with the stars. . .these are my images for the end of patriarchy, which I am always scanning for authentic signs of!. If I were a historian or a sociologist of a novelist perhaps these metaphors would not suffice. Or maybe even other poets would find these metaphors inadequate. I welcome discussion!

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Genuine poetry communicates before it is understood.

- T.S. Eliot

I am always moved by your words; but don't always dig into them intellectually. You are certainly more erudite than I am.

I don't think there should be any 'archy.' I don't advocate for matriarchy either, tho' it could have some up sides.

People should be free to do what they do best and what they love doing. At the least there should be time to pursue avocations with love and leftover energy.

History is a clever commodity. Domination of others runs thru all of it...at least the history we are taught.

It's up to us to forge and make our own history..but always against huge odds. Sigh

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