A Woman’s Place

The woman found her place as caution’s tongue:
subservient, a minor part to act,
for “Think before you speak” was drummed-in young.
She offered an opinion based on fact
and couched her reservations in more tact
than any others. Brushed aside, she tried
expanding consequences they’d implied.

“You think too much,” their bigotry announced
and hurt, her eyes withdrew while protest spurred
adrenal glands. Emotions reared and pounced,
denial surged, reactions quickly stirred.
But these were thoughts that no one ever heard,
self-discipline locked feelings in a cage.
She’d ask and listen. Men all crave the stage.