This is the author's second book of poetry and contains a sampling of his favorite poems from among the hundreds written since his first book of poetry, Of Pain and Ecstasy: Collected Poems, was published. The book contains a handful of his favorite classic poems from Of Pain and Ecstasy revised and re-edited as well as more than 100 new poems written over the past several years. Poems include free verse, blank verse, sonnets, rhyme, haikus and linked haikus on a wide range of subjects. It is available both in electronic and paperback versions. The ebook version will also include some direct links to poetry readings by the author.
Victor D. López is the Cypres Family Distinguished Professor in Legal Studies in Business at Hofstra University's Frank G. Zarb School of Business, a Lawyer, and the author of 15 books on subjects that include law-related textbooks, legal reference, short fiction and poetry, and numerous scholarly articles on law-related subjects. For more information, you can visit his official web page at http://www.victordlopez.com. Samples of some of his published works and author readings of select poetry and fiction are also available at https://www.booksie.com/users/victordlopez-82664. You can hear his podcasts with both short and extended sample readings from of his new novel, poetry and short fiction at https://anchor.fm/victor-d-lopez.
This poem is my simple commentary on the tragic treatment of women in male-dominated societies from the dawn of civilization through today. Enormous gains have been made, yet even in the country I love above all others full equitable treatment still eludes us in some significant ways. I am painfully aware that there are good, bad and indifferent women just as there are good, bad and indifferent men. But pound for pound, if humanity is still capable of being saved from itself, something I grow increasingly doubtful about these days, my money is on women to do the saving. And I can only imagine where humanity might be today had women been allowed to contribute in accordance with their abilities for the past 6,000 years.
Echoes of Dawn at Dusk: Collected Poems (Volume 2)
Daughters of Eve
God's second greatest creation is man, Formed from clay into which He breathed new life, Then perfected His creation in Eve, Not from base clay but Adam’s flesh and bone.
On Adam God practiced His creation, In Eve perfected it tweaking its flaws, More heart, less hubris; more sense, less muscle, More love less hate; focused on “us” not “me.”
Sacred texts written by men disagree, With what is only a most obvious truth, God's truth whispered in men's ears only proves, None are so deaf as those who will not hear.
Thus women have been blamed for all men's woes, From Adam's fall to every earthly sin, Marginalized, objectified and scorned, As easy targets for men’s jealous rage.
Mankind is so much less than womankind, In all the ways that count save in brute strength, Brute strength served tyrants well six thousand years, Alas, serves tyrants well still to this day.
Barefoot and pregnant, subservient and poor, Unschooled, unheard, and too often unloved, Their primary role a breeding vessel, To pleasure men and give them healthy sons.
No voice, no vote, no power and no hope, To this day blamed by some for all man's ills, Victims of rape stoned for their victimhood, Honor killings from men most honorless.
The miracle of life was gifted you, Men plant the seed and then their job is done, They can wander away to plow new fields, While women nurture life--cradle to grave.
I am in awe of all that you endure, And all that you accomplish throughout life, Diamonds treated like broken glass by fools, Whose brilliance shines only in their own minds.
I am a son of Adam, share his flaws, And know full well women have their faults too, Yet for me hope for all humanity, Rest with Eve’s daughters, not with Adam’s sons.