Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Rising

Liberation 2011 by Liz Parkin.

I’ve HAD the silent TREATMENT
It BEGS for ME to SHOUT
I can’t take all the QUIET
RIOT! Get IT out!!
Yes, you THOUGHT that you could GOAD me
Once again, BULLY that you are
YOUR EVIL stares show YOU DON’T CARE
In life, you’ll not GO FAR
You’re BOLD and you are ANGRY
Perhaps you THINK you’re right
But this, you see is MY VICTORY
I may have WON THIS fight.
I’ve resisted the TEMPTATION
I’ve SEEN what you’ve BECOME
The mirror that you speak of
Shows MY rebirth has yet to COME.
My paintings SHOW my FEELINGS
My poems I write and stare
At WORDS and PICTURES in my HEAD
OF TIMES you were NOT THERE.
I REALLY TRIED to SAVE you
A STRUGGLE I did make
While brash WORDS you threw
My feelings GREW
A final PLAN (escape) I did make.


— Liz Parkin


For International Women’s Day 2017, Liz Parkin shared her poem Rising on the Bar None Group Facebook page to address, "sexual/spousal/emotional/physical abuses are daily affecting women’s lives..." through her poetry and art — Liberation 2011. We are honored to share Liz's art and poetry on the Bar None Group website during Women's History Month 2017.

Liz Parkin is a mother and grandmother extraordinaire. She is also an artist, writer, activist/shit-disturber, peacemaker, community volunteer, friend, dancer, survivor of domestic assault, Amazon warrior and fearless with the help of her friends. Liz writes poetry and paints acrylics of and in Barra de Navidad, Jalisco as well as the Lower Mainland of British Columbia.

Her art and poetry appear in Last Call: Poems, Stories and Art from the Costalegre (2015). Rising was composed in 2012.

Liberation 2011 appears courtesy of the artist, Liz Parkin.