Chauvinistic Laments

I am all for liberation of women

and respect for their importance

as vessels of creation

and aspects of the goddess

but the chauvinistic feel

still lingers in my generation

as I fill the washing machine

and all the domestic features

imposed on this selfish old man

so arrogant and self righteous

since bereft of her services

given in unselfish thought

and never complaining

men owe them a great debt

for all the suffering of births

and centuries of slavery

In complete justice of karma

I seem to be paying already

pain from my fractured hip

still troublesome at night

hobbling about with a stick

giving thanks

as it could have been worse

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