paradigm shift

The news flickers
across the screen
again in my head
and I wonder:
how many positions of power
will be filled by men
in the future?
Or will they all
slowly but surely be torn down
dropping one by one
exposed as predators,
perpetrators of sexual violence?
Yes, this is a threat to men:
–to be as vigilant in not
harassing and assaulting women
as women have had to be
in trying to exist in a world
where men can harm them
with impunity.
Yes, this is a promise:
–we survivors will
keep speaking.
We are turning the tables.
And we are coming to put you
in the beds you have made.
Funny how much harder
it is to live with yourself
when there are actual
consequences.

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