Sunday, 5 May 2019

Quell

It is not always easy to be a woman 
It is infinitely more difficult 
To be a woman 
With high levels of a 'male' hormone. 
Will we quell the ability of Michael Phelps 
To produce low levels of lactic acid? 
Not likely 
But you Caster Semenya 
You must conform your hormones 
To prove your womanhood.

© Róisín Bugler

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Róisín Bugler is an apprentice word mason, lover of literature, rural Ireland resident and working mother raising feminists since 2014. She occasionally tweets @BuglerRoisin