by VJ Knutson
In the dreamtime I encounter her my big cat self Exuding confidence she unnerves me - isn’t that what strength is: vulnerability walking with courage? Twenty-something me whose ambition merited three promotions in as many months rode her to an interview Labelled too intimidating I was stationed in a ring with pit bulls - endured daily harassment – sweater too tight skirt too high, heels asking for it She-lion knew I had the heart the brains the wherewithal to outrank them all Yet poked and prodded in this patriarchal game she retreated amongst stored boxes of youth, I blame her, convinced she needs to be caged her nature destructive… …but what is nature… Instinct of a tiger powerful, cunning she is potential awaiting triumph This relationship tenuous but enduring erroneously ignored Too intimidating! Nonsense! I am power manifesting in a world that can’t bear to hear me roar.
Former educator, now grandmother extraordinaire, VJ Knutson reflects on life’s passages through words and images. Connect with VJ on social media at vjknutson.org, onewomansquest.org, on Twitter @Vjknutson or on Instagram @1womansquest.