Oh Mississippi

Democracy
isn’t a few hundred years old
in America
not even fifty.
Women
half of the whole
couldn’t vote
Speak for themselves
until 1920
Technically.
And technically
Mississippi didn’t acknowledge
Women
their mothers and sisters
wives and daughters
as equal humans
Until 1984.
I have frying pans
older than women’s right
to vote
to speak
to decide
to represent
Themselves
in the practically medieval state of Mississippi.
At least the voting men in the state finally gave a nod
to the women
Whom had been deciding
how to raise
their sons
for well over
Thirty years.

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