Purim 09: Last Hurrah for the Patriarchy

By Wendy Kenin
March 8, 2009

Last hurrah for the patriarchy
The patriarchy they’ve all been talking about
The one that makes wars overseas
The one that rapes the earth
The spirit-hunter
That enslaves
Builds greed
Divides
Fragments
Steals
Demonizes
Criminalizes
Invades
Incarcerates
Exterminates

The one that ignores
That neglects when support is needed
That finds a weakness in another and lashes out at it
Power, Energy, Qi – Suckers, Leeches, Parasites, Vampires
The patriarchy that claims to know it all, even what’s best for you
Even when you know it’s not true
The patriarchy that imposes with force
Protected by the laws that it generates to self-perpetuate
Innocently

It’s been great
I’ve really enjoyed the patriarchy
The passionate adrenaline rushes
Addictions
Luxuries
Craving
Relief
Vanity
Ignorance
Disassociation
Amnesia
Denial
Freedom from accountability

It’s been a fantastic ride
The revolution
The struggle
The birthing
Hard work
Reclaiming
Recovering
Reclamation
Subversive perseverance
Giving and giving
Serving and loving
Tests and lessons
Conflict between extremes
Hard times
Instability
Loss
Trauma
Confusion
Namelessness
Darkness
I’ll remember the patriarchy always

Revisions of history
Reinterpretations and attributions
Forgotten legacies, ways of being
Humiliation
Shame
Assimilation
Human extinction by culture, language, practice, rite
Battles in hearts, homes, among the peoples
Borders and rigid disrespect
I will not miss the fear, trembling, pain
I will not miss the patriarchy.

Remnants of tradition
A taste of the future
Expansive
Truth
Purim
Eternal
The present
An opening
A breath
A look forward
A precious moment
A blessing and a farewell
A final toast to the patriarchy

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