Men Kicking Footballs

No game card

adding up each point

for countless nights nursing

or gagging diaper changes

for the mother of sons.

That tricky gift of DNA ensures

a playoff of lineage trauma

and I watch my offspring

struggle to seize the win

while slammed by

unexpected foes

predicted in fairytales.

I read them to you, remember?

And it’s admirable

that we all keep

our eye on the ball in this

vicious game on the gridiron.

With my gentle ways,

I don’t get no respect and

I can’t watch

this game.  I call across

the divide but my voice

is swallowed by the crowd.

You huddle

in the patriarchy

strategizing your moves before

the whistle signals

the end of play.

Gridiron, Vicious, Tricky and Admirable.


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Victoria Stuart

I'm a poet, philosopher and inner seeker. A giver, lover and a healer who studies the heart.

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