Fourteen Women

November 27, 2015

As the beginning of Dec approaches, many of us get ready to honour not only John Lennon, who was senselessly shot dead on the last month of the year, but also the 14 women who were gunned down in Montreal at a higher education institution.

Many of us who are feminists often think misogyny is behind the fact that women in the work place often hit a glass ceiling and can go no farther up the ‘work ladder’ while men are able to climb to the top.

When the man who shot the  14 women claimed that he did it because they were engineer students, we were and still are bone-chillingly horrified that men who hate women are willing to eliminate us rather than see us ‘get ahead’.

My son Luke was a very small child when these women were shot. I wondered how a child could possibly deal with the shootings when it was and is difficult for us adults to come to terms with such horrible carnage.

I also felt, though, that in order to understand what a tragedy this was, I had to see things through a child’s eyes to try to get a grip on it.

The result is the following poem that was published in Contemporary Verse 2 as well as in Canadian Dimension:

Canadian Dimension

November-December 1990

Fourteen Women

by Tanya Lester

Luke asks, “14? How many it is, Mommy?”

I look up from my newspaper

Notice the news booming out of the radio

He is on his knees

On the other big chair

Leaning against the table

Doing her artwork

Red crayon on white paper

“Here, this is 14,” I say.

1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1 and 1

“Too many,” he says, brown eyes huge in small face.

“Hug me.”

— END–

Tanya Lester is an author of four books — Confessions of a Tea Leaf Reader, Women Rights/Writes, Friends I Never Knew and Dreams and Tricksters. She is a tea leaf reader, tarot reader, a psychic channel and a medium. She is also a reiki master and a housesitter. To find out more about her or to get a reading or arrange a housesit with her go to http://www.teareading.wordpress.com   Facebook  LinkedIn Twitter Google

To read more posts in this blog go http://www.tealeaf56.wordpress.com or www. writingsmall.wordpress.com

 

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