Paul Ryan’s Poem: A Letter

*I wrote this as a plea to Paul Ryan to not defund Planned Parenthood

Paul Ryan’s Poem: A Letter

Dear Speaker,
I’m a citizen of this land,
and thus, I am
a woman in your care.

I must rely
on you to make fair
rules that keep me sound
and healthy everywhere.

Dear Speaker,
I have heard too many
stories of how little
I am held in your regard

and how your
policies favor not
women but are harsh,
unrealistic, cold and hard.

Dear Speaker,
if your blind mission
should succeed  and fails
to help all hopeful womankind,

you bear the sin
of women suffering and
that wrong should e’er
heft heavy on your mind.

Dear Speaker,
why think so much ill
of women and always
see the evil they might do?

Women, taken as a whole,
are righteous people
yes, Speaker, every
speck as pure as you.

Dear Speaker,
may I say that I’m
heartbroken with your
design to lord o’er our bodies.

How do you see
this as your given power?
Would you do this if
our pronoun were a “he”?

Dear Speaker,
I ask you, please, soften
your heart. Give us credit
as you do a man.

Put up bills
for votes that trust in women’s
goodness, as only you,
the one House Speaker can.

Dear Speaker,
you will hear women’s
thanksgiving, all
overflowing with our true joy.

(We do not take our
role as life’s force lightly
or look at our body
as some sex toy.)

Dear Speaker,
when women make
judgment to control a birth
from our wombs any way,

we do it with the
greatest sense of prudence.
You can trust us with
that power on each day.

Dear Speaker,
a higher force creates us
women, so there has to be
good reason for this grace.

We are good enough
to bear forth glory.
The best of makers
deigned this as our place.

Dear Speaker,
Thank you for your kind
attention to my asking
that you just do what is right,

and may all
that’s holy gleam
and guide all your days
and be with you every single night.

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