Case for the Defense

Insidious voices…

It’s what we really want. Don’t try to deny it.

To be swept up, carried off,


Feeble protests


Attempts at independence


It’s in every romance we devour

by the millions.

Stubborn women


Beautiful shrews,


And they wouldn’t break us.

Just train us to bend a little.

As a delicate rose is trained to follow the path of the strong fence.

Trained like a dog?

Perhaps. But with love.

It’s there in every story, every fairy tale.

We don’t really mean it when we say no.

We want to be overpowered, ignoring reason, ignoring cost.

Are you willing to indulge us?


M.A. Mohanraj

December 4, 1992