Vote for her because she’s female?
Disbelieve her because she’s female?
Who would have me placard wave
to politics I don’t believe in,
politics I see through?
Who would have me pretend away
statistics that show women are
often sexual assault survivors?
the mode of thought that undercuts ideals,
the cynicism that would have women wither
because the liars might be believed;
after today, my power of observation, and
whether my shape can ward off insanity
never mind take this filly to the finish;
but while my inner meter wavered I felt;
Now I question
why we cannot use balanced criteria to choose leaders?
why sex so often makes victims if we respect each other?
Is there no salvation but doubt? Is there
no truth but what lightening rods deliver?