The Loss of Agency

A Villanelle

Women were sacred, huh, who knew?

You can’t possibly know what you want

Let us men make the decisions for you


Kelly speaks of a time, a time of unspeakable truth

Where assault against women were flaunt

Women were sacred, huh, who Knew?


Women were not independent, only dependent, to be carried through

Our own will denied by patriarchy’s commandants

Let us men make the decisions for you


Our roles were determined, every act put up for review

Women like ourselves became our closet confidantes

Women were sacred, huh, who knew?


Marital rape, the Pill, allowed to have credit, just to name a few

These things men have no “ sacredness”, being boorishly nonchalant

Let us men make the decisions for you


We women will not go backwards, we will not be subdued

We have become our own well versed intelligent savants

Women were sacred, huh, who knew?

Let us men make the decisions for you