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!
+ 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. www.johnyohe.com