“The female
      is like
            a deformity
                  of the male.” ~Aristotle

What sleight of manguage
did not morph cow to fe-bull,
nor hen to wo-cock,
nor dam to fe-sire—

favored goose to wo-gander,
preferred doe to fe-buck?
Even a queen is not a wo-king;
no, no fe-drone bee, s’he.

Granted, “boys will be boys”
as girls too easily excuse;
but we only address adult fauna
with distinctives of gender:

Aristotelian tradition begat
misogyn Aquinan “monstrosity”
and, Hebrew, Greek, Latin
word-roots notworthstanding,

Jacobean rigidity violated
Elizabethan verbal fecundity,
breeding one English gender
wholly subservient to t’other.

What has been the consequence
of man-handling our distinctions?
O, beyond wreckening. Presto!
We create as has been spoken.

About Greg Wright

I have worn many hats as a writer and editor over the years. Unlike my scholarly and journalistic work from the "old days" at Hollywood Jesus, Past the Popcorn, or SeaTac Blog, the writing here is of a more overtly personal and spiritual nature. I hope it provokes you as much as it provokes me.
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