Saint Jezebel // John Yohe

As if I had to teach a man to fuck!

You mean to do it well—which yes of course

the pleasure was all mine—I got the luck

of being female in a book the source

of which is patriarchy though what hurts

is being hated by other women

for painting my face + wearing short skirts

but did you know I had more power then?

They say I starved the so-called prophets of

a certain faith—this during a famine!

For that

+ God / they killed my family

+ this is what religion does with love:

(I know this isn't a revelation)

turns women into whores—

they hate us free

Born in Puerto Rico, John Yohe grew up in Michigan and lives in Oregon. He has worked as a wildland firefighter, deckhand/oiler, bike messenger, wilderness ranger, and fire lookout. Fiction Editor for Deep Wild Journal.

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