seen. not heard.

seen. not heard. obedient. unquestioning. confined. bound. safe? seen. not heard. controlled. authorised. approved. convinced. brainwashed? seen. not heard. afraid. unsure. reliant. complient. seen. herd.   seen. heard. respected encouraged supported capable compassionate? seen. heard. innovative creative supportive confident critical. seen. heard. brave certain sane humane seen not herd.  

Diplomacy, politeness and the underlying threat

The Poem ‘want a positive birth? say please‘ was inspired by the frequent advice related to how to write a birth plan, that suggests you be polite, positive.  And not adversarial. The scene is set: clearly birthing is Us vs Them.  And there is no shortage of horror stories. The purpose of the birth plan, … More Diplomacy, politeness and the underlying threat

Is snow clearing sexist?

Originally posted on Beautiful Heart:
Default as the standard choice It’s what you get if you don’t change the settings? It’s what you get if you want no frills? No enhancement. Basic. Impersonal. ? Or is default a failure? Not meeting obligation? ? ‘Male’ has long been considered the default human. It is the default…

From one room to another

A poem invoked by the words of Australian politician, Barnaby Joyce, in relation to the Abortion bill for nsw: https://www.news.com.au/finance/work/leaders/barnaby-joyces-argument-against-decriminalising-abortion-in-nsw-slammed-by-critics/news-story/26dbcdd8904845d072a7e4643377a488   “…he was part of this world for some time and was merely passing from one room to another,” Is how politician, Barnaby Joyce , described birth and the role of the mother. More than … More From one room to another

Identity Crisis

A WORD ON IDENTITY AND LABELS …poetry follows This recent news article is an interview with comedian and writer, Ben Elton, about his new book Identity Crisis (which I have not read). Of particular interest to me was this quote: “And yet actually the communities people seem to really care about is not the national community … More Identity Crisis