Women are more than half our population
without whom we could not procreate

everyone grew from a mother’s womb
or we could not be here today

often we also have sisters, partners
aunties, daughters and nieces

so what has happened to our humanity
that domestic violence, often murder

is so many women’s fate!
Where is the respect?

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we are not chattels to be owned
or pawns to be played or controlled

why debate intelligence or strength
without women our world is spent

mothers need to raise less entitled sons
men need to step up and protect!

a massive shift in attitude is vital
as humanity needs respect and value

whether a housewife or career
we really need to endear

hug your mother, child or wife
please don’t cause them more strife

love and cherish them with all your heart
never let anger or violence impart

sure boundaries have shifted
please don’t be insecure or afraid

stand tall and regard all with dignity
know that gentleness makes you stronger

sure we’ve all been hurt and damaged
but look listen learn and grow

for every human bean must surely know
women deserve to be admired and adored

if you witness violence at any level
step up and nip it in the bud

we must love and respect one another
for she may well have been your mother …

inspired by the recent Canadian report on the genocide of indigenous women
and the massive escalation in husband/fathers slaughtering
their entire family in Australia

pics are Lismore street artists wife and daughter