She States Her Case

She states her case in terms of culture
Defines the day in a tenuous tone of color
For which there are no known names
And associates her womanly prowess and
Femininity akin to the way in which
Tennis stars rank their world standings
Although no one could know this just
By being inside the sphere of her hold

I, on the other hand, say what I wish for
Not what I mean, take meanings the way
Most people take aspirin for a hangover and
Grip the awareness of my masculinity the way
A dancer must reach for his partner, the sheer
Synchronicity of movement dictating its necessity –
Then move outward from this point to
A realm I can only call the Hall Of My Own Undoing . . .

© K. James Ribble