What is this claiming here, except that equal rights should be had by all women, and that men must yield to our power as women? Let us consider:
Open sky and trampling hooves,
Thus the stage is set. Men and their war mongering, destroying the beauty of earth and sky. Men, who cannot but indulge their wicked blood-lust. Their proclivity for violence knows no bounds. Why hooves, except to point that men are nothing but filthy animals, when not reigned in by the civilizing touch of women! Men would destroy all in their greed--for money, power and fame--if they were allowed to. There would be no escape from them. The continuous war cry of men echoes through the centuries: “from each according to his ability, to each according to his needs," by which is meant that each man gives what he is able on the battlefield, and in return his "need" for spoils are satiated if he can manage victory. He speaks of his greed and lust as a need! How perfectly male, how perfectly bourgeois.
O, this precious life of mine;
And so the lament of the forlorn woman continues. Men cannot fathom the true potential of life. They cannot understand the glory of existence. Nothing is precious to them except their [member]. And war and greed and all that consumes them are nothing but an extension of their [member]. The neurobiologic imperative is clear: men must constantly feed the ego of their [member] or perish. But of course, it is a slow, emasculating death. And for a man, who knows neither the wonders of equality, nor the equanimity of femininity, masculinity is all that he has. Yes, it is so poor a replacement as to be laughable. So impotent, so useless; to wit: so male. It is but an empty shell compared to womynhood, comared to the fragrance of the feminine. And as the poetess points out, it is for each women--"mine"! she owns it for herself!--to take what is rightfully hers, and avenge it upon the male twenty fold. This much is clear from the line quoted. I explain all of this for the young children who may be reading this poem for the first time. But what may not be so obvious is how to understand what comes next:
For the eternal curse of thirst,
What is meant by this? She is being sarcastic! Indeed, what can "eternal curse" here be speaking of except that oppressive, inane myth of the Judeo-Christian religious power, which says that our Mother Eve fell from grace, and manipulated the man. What can be more absurd? We all know that a woman would not be so easily deceived, and that it must have been the man, Adam, who fell. Then, by physical force, and in cooperation with the other beasts of the earth (represented by the serpent), they were able to force Eve to give up her rightful place, her divine destiny. Of course this story was written by men, so it makes men out to be the victims. Men are never the victims, even when they are the ones victimized! This is enough.
Caballine nectar is divine[/i]
And so we come to the end of this passage. What can we say here? The subtlety and sophistication of the line is breath-taking. Truly it is. What man could hope to match the depth of thought and breadth of experience manifested in this line? Capitalism must yield before the honor and power of such truths. But it is better to leave the main part here unsaid. I will not cast my pearls--all our pearls!--before swine. And that men are swine is axiomatic. We must leave such conversations for when it is only the [member-less] who are present, for some dastardly male may some day get his hands on this interpretation, and if a women has condescended to teach him to read--what then? Should we parade the secrets of life before such creatures as men? No! Life may be fleeting, but the beauty of life is not so lowly as all that, to be cast out into the public arena, for any man who comes along to trample under hoof!