Standing My Ground

Woman-Shooting-GunI am startled awake ~
By the sound of a
Familiar tread ~
Upon my stairway ~

I was alone ~ when
I finally fell into
A troubled sleep ~
But I am not alone now ~

I find myself hoping
That it is a thief ~
Come in the night
To steal my purse ~

But that would be
Too easy ~ wouldn’t it ~
Did you think that
You’d be welcome? ~

Well I have learned a
Thing or two ~ and
If you don’t get out ~
I’ll blow a hole in you ~

There’s been a burglar
In the neighborhood ~
And I’m a woman
Living by myself ~

Whose story do you
Think that they’ll believe ~
Of course you won’t be here
To tell your side ~

So please consider all
Your options ~ before
You act ~ the life you save
May be your own ~


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Born in a small, Illinois log cabin. No, that won't work. The pampered only child of incredibly wealthy parents. No, that doesn't fly either. Raised by French nuns after her aristocratic parents were beheaded. No, that's been done! An East Coast transplant to the Pacific Northwest, this notoriously late bloomer began her new life with a new career as a writer and blogger. She has taken to both the new location and the career move like a duck to water. Writing for Expats Post is a new adventure, and our intrepid risk-taker is diving in, feeling right at home with so many old friends.
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  1. avatar Larry Conley says:

    Rock on Melody! If men won’t treat women as they deserve to be treated, they should shuffle off this mortal coil!

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    • avatar Melody Haislip says:

      Women, especially women on their own, should learn to defend themselves. As a general rule we are smaller and less strong than men and sometimes wits are not all you need to keep safe. Too many women end up “sleeping with the enemy”!

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      • avatar Larry Conley says:

        Melody -- from my observations of interactions in my range of experience and from my considerations of things said and shown in news media, I have concluded a large proportion of the Blaming and Shaming is to intimidate women into “sleeping with the enemy.” Not that women and men are necessarily enemies, bur when one lives in a culture that condones subjugation of some by others, “Battle lines are being drawn”.

        As far as standing one’s ground goes for females, let us not forget: which derives from this gross miscarriage of justice:

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        • avatar Melody Haislip says:

          Larry, I was just talking to my sister about this case. Gross miscarriage of justice is right! Sometimes I wonder if women will ever achieve parity … though actually I’d prefer an acknowledgement of our superiority!

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          • avatar Larry Conley says:

            I will acknowledge that in many ways, females are superior. Personally though, I have a deep seated aversion to the whole superiority-inferiority thing as it has historically been applied to human relations. If we are talking about a competition with known and fairly applied rules, such as football aka soccer, a determination can be made. Therefore, I generally push for full regularly respected equality.

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  2. avatar Theresa H Hall says:

    That’s right! No man or woman should invade the privacy or home of another. People should not rob or hurt or kill. Spread the words: “Do No Harm … Spread Love”.

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    • avatar Melody Haislip says:

      Well, Theresa, for all those gun-toting conservatives, “The Lord helps those who help themselves”.

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