Tuesday, January 4, 2022

Patriarchal Perpetuation of Trauma by Kay Turner


Art by Arna Baartz

Too much. Sit still. Too slow.
You’re wrong! I’m right!
Be grateful for all they did for you.
Take the Pill. Any pill.

You’re unstable. Your depression is back.
Write it down to get it off your chest.
That’s not how we do things.
Take a paracetamol.

Just breathe and let it pass.
Stop doodling.
That’s the wrong answer.
Have a hysterectomy.

I think you need to see a professional.
Write in full sentences.
We haven’t got time for questions (or feelings).
Botox? Or at least a cream.

It’s too late to report it.
It’s your word against his now.
Memory is subjective.
There’s no forensic evidence.

You’ll understand if I don’t agree.
Or disagree, or challenge them,
Or support you.
They’ll come after me if I do.

Don’t feel.
Don’t feel your body.
Don’t feel.
Don’t feel and express.

God is male.
Meditation heals. Still your mind.
Ascend. Out. Up. Leave.
Higher states of consciousness are where it’s at.

Don’t feel.

Poem from our upcoming anthology, Re-Membering with Goddess: Healing the Patriarchal Perpetuation of Trauma

Kay Turner is a teacher, facilitator, researcher and writer who visions collective evolution. She catalyses individual, collective and institutional evolution through education, embodiment and creativity, and the amalgamation of metacognition, intuition and instinct.

Kay has contributed to the Girl God Anthologies Warrior Queen: Answering the Call of the Morrigan and In Defiance of Oppression - The Legacy of Boudicca. Kay will also feature in other upcoming Girl God Anthologies Just as I am - Hymns Affirming the Divine Feminine and Songs of Solstice - Goddess Carols. Currently she is co-editing the upcoming Girl God Anthologies: Re-Membering with Goddess: Healing the Patriarchal Perpetuation of TraumaThe Crone Initiation and Invitation: Women speak on the Menopause JourneyRainbow Goddess - Celebrating Neurodiversity and Pain Perspectives: Finding Meaning in the Fire. In addition, Kay is writing her own books: Mentorship of Goddess: Growing Sacred Womanhood and Making Love with the Divine: Sacred, Ecstatic, Erotic Experiences.

Kay Turner

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