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scarlet consequences

Breathing out  
l o n g , slow and cleansing    
relief slow-warms my sharpness    
an echo of 'maybe' thoughtfully escapes    
   ( just maybe...)    
Completely done teetering at a wits end    
righteous greedy lungs    
inhale deep promise-fought equity    
expelling pure ardent hope    
resuscitating faith    
Tender-tough hope that springs forth    
consequences and accountability    
aimed at silent wishes      
whispers that spark combustion    
dawning scarlet awareness on the horizon    
Rising from ashes of the east    
burning away belittlement    
being recognizably branded    
in a permanent always    
a queasy wandering    
via public displayed disgrace    
O' ease and willingness    
of such bold howls    
that bravado assumed to hide unseen    
when everyone saw    
tis open viewing by one and all    
I dreamt you carried that choice    
properly and purposely    
for every single unadmitted truth    
that justice "Hester Prynned" upon    
so all could see—    
[right] through the con    
Written by Bluevelvete
Published | Edited 25th Feb 2022
Author's Note
After overhearing a conversation between two guys, who had no idea I was listening; these
thoughts on chauvinism, sexism, name calling and just plain disrespect bubbled and brewed. Thinking whether this talk is intentional, peer pressure or maybe an ideology so ingrained via learned behavior over time that it becomes an automatic personal belief system. Shining daylight on how a mindset that goes out of the way to degrade anyone, is simply 100% wrong and should never be considered ok or cheered on. This piece is a fictional 'turning of the tables' that blossomed from those various stands of thought. I imagined if those men were forced to publicly show everyone, every day, their own ignorant chauvinistic views not able to hide EVER! 24/7 wearing their own scarlet "C" (chauvinist)
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