Sissy-men (a poem)

What kind of sissy-men get their fun

Whipping and jailing women who haven't done

Anything wrong.  They minister hurt with glee

And blame it on Allah, but they're not fooling me.

I am a woman, and it makes my skin crawl

That my MidEastern sisters are held in thrall

To medieval horrors delivered by men

Who horde them as if they were pigs in a pen.

Under their burkas they are hidden away

From a modern world where ladies play

A major part in their nations' affairs.

Thatcher, Meir and Merkel reached the highest chairs.

I urge all enlightened women to join the attack

Should these violated victims ever dare to fight back.

Mimi Evans Winship