4 November Breaking with Tradition

it’s not easy being a woman

Mammy says…
it’s not easy being a woman.

I throw Barbie into the slurry tank
watch the cow shite gobble her up
get a clatter on the arse from Daddy

it’s not easy being a woman.

Blood leaks from my privates
breasts bob all over the place
when I’m playing football with my brothers

it’s not easy being a woman.

Jim kisses me on our second date
his dick rubs against my thigh
my friends say, he’s a ride

it’s not easy being a woman.

He asks me to marry him
I’m fed up of Mammy’s nagging
my friends say, he’s a ride

it’s not easy being a woman.

I pretend he’s Pammie from Baywatch
when he fucks me, I even moan
just like she does

it’s not easy being a woman.

I give birth to three boys
listen to their first cries,
Jim wets their heads with a pint

it’s not easy being a woman.

He crashes the car
on the way home from the pub
I milk cows as well as cooking dinners

it’s not easy being a woman.

Cow’s calving, I call the new vet
her perfume cuts through the shite in the shed
I ask her in for tea

it won’t be easy, being a lesbian.

 

Photo Credit:  City of Vancouver Archives

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Anne Walsh Donnelly

Anne Walsh Donnelly lives in the west of Ireland. Her work has been published in several literary outlets including The Irish Times, Crannog and Boyne Berries. One of her poems was highly commended in the OTE New Writer of the Year Award (2017). She won the spring 2018 Blue Nib poetry chapbook competition and also the 2018 Over the Edge Fiction Slam

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