In Whose Image

Cliff Williams

If you are female

In a patriarchal culture,

You are made in the image

Of tall, male gods.

You kneel at their feet

And humbly defer

To their all-wise rule.

When you awake

From your patriarchal sleep,

You see in whose image

You have really been made.

If you have courage,

You get off your knees,

Stand beside

Those tall, false gods,

Then turn to look

For another God.

© 2009 Cliff Williams. Published in The Penwood Review (Spring, 2009), 10.

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