Spare her please
Your innocent assumptions
Of her assumed innocence.
The honour of your protection,
Protecting her honour
Which by a patriarchal twist of logic
Becomes your own.
Spare her kindly
The kindness of your attention
The intrusive attention of your kind.
The beauty of your expectations
In expecting her feminine beauty
With no room for strength or uniqueness.
Spare her your considerate sensitivity
For her delicate female condition.
Her monthly blood, her pregnancies
Are also your cycle of life.
Your puritanical assumption
Of her fear of masculine passion.
Show her the respect of believing
She has passions and wants of her own.
Spare her your wisdom on her needs
On drawing her plans
Believe she knows more than you ever can.