A Thankyou to My father and My Prime Minister
Most of my paid working life
Has been spent
On building sites
And behind bars.
Grubby places to work,
in all senses of the word.
I was always out numbered.
I was threatened
with violence and rape.
Asked to bend over.
Expected to perform.
often in the same breath.
I was intimidated, bullied and mocked
I was, most annoyingly, often not listened to.
Testicles speak louder then common fucking sense in some places
I always had to go the extra mile to prove that
I had as much right to my paycheck as the fellas.
I had to fight for equal pay.
I didn’t always win.
I had to differentiate my self from the behavior of other females,
Pretend I was more like a ‘man’.
At one point,
My nickname was iron jocks but,
I owned that
I earned that.
And I loved it.
I am tough, sassy, sharp tongued
I have endurance
And, to quote Betty White, the vagina for these jobs
Now there is much that I could tell you about my Dad
And why I love him
but right now I want to thank him
When it came defending my right
To stand up to any joker who thought I didn’t have the right
To labour on a building site,
To tell a man what to do,
To defend myself against any
Who questioned my usefulness,
My strength or My smarts
He was always behind me
Never in front
Just nodding quietly and
I knew he had my back.
He wasn’t my champion,
He was a steadfast support.
He didn’t fight my battles
Because He knew I had the guts to do it myself
And he believed in me
Thank you Dad.
Thank you very fucking much.
You supported me in all my career choices:
Bar wench/iron jocks and
And on that note:
Thank you for all my beautiful texts sent from galleries around the world
Hi Meal's I am in contemporary art museum in Berlin, some Lichenstein and Wharhol and others . Always makes me think of you. Some is very abstract. Anyway hope you are well. I have enjoyed catching up with Lilly and Vincent. See you when I'm back
“Hey Meals that is great news. I have seen art here that is on museums and I genuinely think your work is as visually pleasing and interesting as any. ( I will except Dali from this comparison)
Well my last day here and it is lovely and blue sky but quite crisp. Berlin in autumn. It has been very interesting and I look forward to chatting with you about it.”
And thank you Julia
Grubby politics aside
I saw a woman who meant every word
I punched the air afterwards because