Subliminal or?

Man, woman
he, she.
Human humanity
their, heir
Manual workmen
and man hours.
Policeman, fireman
chairman too.
Language affects action.

Written for Tuesday’s Poetics at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets. Anmol hosts and asks us to write a poem about “pride, gender, fluidity, sexuality, protest . . .” Image from

13 thoughts on “Subliminal or?

  1. rivrvlogr June 17, 2020 / 10:52 am

    It’ long past time for men to stop beating women – and all the world – with that rib and treat everyone one as equals.

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  2. anmol(alias HA) June 17, 2020 / 11:07 am

    Preach! This is a rallying call, with such strength and a great format. “Language affects action”: This says it all.
    See you around, Lillian! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. memadtwo June 17, 2020 / 11:22 am

    Thoughtful and true. Can we ungender this language? it needs doing…(K)


  4. Beverly Crawford June 17, 2020 / 12:01 pm

    The simple solution for happiness …… LIVE,….LOVE….BE (aha, but the secret is to allow others to do the same!)


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) June 17, 2020 / 4:30 pm

    Yes, language is power… I Swedish we have started to create new gender-neutral words for he and she… sometimes you simply don’t know the gender of the police so it’s actually very practical


  6. msjadeli June 18, 2020 / 12:34 am

    Lillian, if you get a chance, check out the book, “Egalia’s Daughters.” It turns the language on its ear.


  7. Lona Gynt June 18, 2020 / 7:59 am

    he-retical, he-inous, and WOND-HER-FULL. Thanks Lillian. 🙂


  8. kim881 June 18, 2020 / 2:18 pm

    Very nicely done, Lill! It’s all in the language.


  9. Mish June 18, 2020 / 11:59 pm

    Yes! The language whispers in stereotypes.


  10. sanaarizvi June 19, 2020 / 9:01 pm

    “Language affects action,” … truer words have never been spoken! Love this! 💝


  11. s.s. June 23, 2020 / 1:39 pm



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