The other woman

The other woman

The other woman

A #MeToo Poem by Tabitha Sidandi

A note on the depreciation of women over time

The other woman-

A caricature of the rose

On a gentleman’s lapel

We are all the other woman!

When we are born screaming and messy and needy

And our fathers love our mothers more than us

We are the other woman.

When we are pitted against each other in youth

And the prettier or flirtier girl is chosen instead

We are the other woman.

When we open ourselves up in the bedroom

And our lover still thinks about another

We are the other woman.

When we are raped and molested and abused

But the girls meant to be our sisters look down on us in scorn

We are the other woman.

When our faithful marriages are ruined

As he extinguishes us in favor of a newer flame

We are the other woman.

When they do not love us because

We do not meet their assumption of what a woman is meant to be

We are the other woman

No matter how the picture is painted

No matter how the rose is pinned

We are human first and foremost

Anything added to that definition is a distraction.

Legacy of Rape

Legacy of Rape

Sculpt

Sculpt