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Womanhood on the Verge of Collapse

Heather has a Bachelor's Degree in English from Moravian College and has been freelance writing for more than 12 years.

Getting ready for another endurance test no one asked for

Would love to turn into a turtle and hide in its shell

Ignore the outside noise that plagued them going forward

Distracted by too many what ifs and what could never be

Scared of so much of where the feminine mystique was

Drilled into the subconscious of any millennial woman

Well, any woman for no matter how hard they fought it

Secretly craved some of the traditional trappings

That often alluded many still in search of it

Wasted so much time being locked behind closed doors

Felt the last ounce of sand slipping out the hourglass

Knew the day was coming, but still dreaded it all the same

Rationally aware that the information needed to be heard

Received some realistically devastating news on the phone

Felt hot tears starting to stream down the embankment

Stopped it from going too far down out of embarrassment

Ashamed to be depressed over something that could be worse

Wondered if less of a woman if all of the duties aren't fulfilled

Health tipped the lifetime scale just a little bit more

Felt like a statistic instead of a human being

An oddity that was unique, but not entirely singular

Secretly still wondered if I was to blame for all this

Rationally knowing that wasn't true; just emotional part

Tended to overlook such details when feelings got a stranglehold

Sandwiched between realistic optimism and dejected disappointment

Used to the latter one; happened too many times before to count

Played bets on a horse that wouldn't leave the starting gate

Just sat there while it ate everyone else's dust

Decided to simply walk Johnny Cash's supposed line

Have no clue where it will lead this intrepid explorer

Willing to walk the walk, as long as something comes of it

Needed results and another hourglass full of sand

Time to start anew.

The complexities of womanhood wrapped in trivial pursuits.

The complexities of womanhood wrapped in trivial pursuits.


Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on April 09, 2021:

An important topic to convey. Thanks.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 08, 2021:

Well written and a joy to read. The lines seemed to peak and create valleys with an ending of hope. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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