leones et agnos

If given the unfortunate choice
Of playing the perpetual victim
Or assuming the “undesirable” role
Of the reprehensible villain

Which would I take?

Without the need to hesitate
I would plainly state,
Quickly— fetch me my dagger
and a goddamn cape.

If it pleases thee
To burn me at the stake?
That’s… actually great
Fry me a thousand times before I will wait
For some hypocritical prince to save me

Sir, what in holy hell are you doing here?
I am the one the village children fear
The damsel you’re toward
Is clutching her tiara in another tower
While crying herself to sleep

And quite frankly— you’ll need a far sharper sword
If you intend to slay me

When and if typecast
As society’s wicked little bitch
I will smile instead of flinch
Give me a lair where I might brood
On the delusions and fallacies
Of femininity’s inherent fragility

I emphatically prefer poisons and curses
Over imprisonment
As your offensively helpless princess

I have little patience for women
Who refuse to see their own invincibility

Even worse are the knights
Who incessantly chase their ease

What is the appeal of that weakness?
Someone have prince limp-charming
Explain that one to me

I have no sympathy for those semantics
Or those symbiotic insecurities

So if you seek a female
With a flimsy spine
That’s… perfectly fine
But never feel for a soft spot in mine

In life there are lambs
And there are lions

There is compliance
And there are riots

While one depends on others
To survive

The other needs no charity
To thrive

No, I am not your delicate queen
Nor are you a king, worthy of my fealty

If that makes me your villain?
So be it, darling.

a. duncan, 2019

 

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Amor et melle et felle est fecundissimus || Love is rich with both honey and venom

16 thoughts on “leones et agnos

  1. Love that undercurrent of defiance throughout, April! ❤ Another brilliant poem – helpless damsels in distress are such a tired lazy cliche that needs to be stamped out. Give me strong badass villains anyway! 🙂

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  2. The boldness and the poetic fury of your voice is sure telling me that you are poetic goddess of fire and strength.

    I’m always fascinated by your word choices and the way you blend them and the tone of your voice is always breath-taking and hypnotizing. 🙂

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    1. I wondered where you went!!!!! I kept faithfully checking for you. But you’d said a winter had overtaken and I thought perhaps you were off somewhere keeping yourself warm. Because you deserve warmth. ❤

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