Genius Knows No Gender

Jackie DeHon, Ph.D.

Artificial boundaries
Force folks to perform
In a most unnatural way
To please one group or “norm”.
Thus so many untold millions’
Genius goes awry
Untapped–perhaps unknown to them–
Of course it isn’t wise!
Who among us can afford to
Simply throw away
More than half our earthly treasures
To follow ancient foolish ways?

Cultures coerce into hiding
Stellar talents of these folks,
Punish daring innovators
Make examples; call them “jokes”!
Yet it may be just this one
Who could engineer world peace.
Build new bridges. Temper anger.
Give a starving world a feast!

What a price a culture pays
When it forces gender roles.
Artificial histrionics–
Once designed by greedy souls–
Seeking to make others serve them
Always seeking to impose
Biased prejudice upon those
Who dare win against their foes!

Women in Higher Education
National Newsletter March 1999
Women & Language 1998 XXI(1) 57
Louisiana Equity Newsletter 1998
The Poet’s Link September 1999 2
Race Gender & Class Journal 2002 9(3) 157

Prisms: Refracting Light of Women’s Lives 2009

The above poem, Genius Knows No Gender, reflects my focus on gender equity. Other types of discrimination could fit in the place of gender–race, ethnicity, giftedness, class, age, size, sexual orientation, and so forth. When I originally recognized gender discrimination and knew that women had done nothing to deserve such treatment, I became a missionary for equity for all, reasoning that other persecuted groups probably did nothing to deserve unfair treatment either. Later as I broadened my understanding of the situation I realized that a small, elite, powerful ruling class works to keep groups divided so it can continue to rule and to make laws that serve its purposes. I’m pleased to report that many groups are realizing this, and we are working to break that elite-control so that we can all show respect and honor to one another–and so that we can truly celebrate diversity!


By  Jackie De Hon, Ph.D.

In 2016 when Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were running for President of the United States, I wrote this poem. I published it in the Huffington Post as “A Robber Baron By Any Name…” on 03/11/2016 (https://www.huffingtonpost.com/…/a-robber-baron-by-any-nam_…).

I was relieved when Obama won and I knew we would not be faced with the prospect of our president’s forsaking our democratic-republic form of government and trying to run our government “like a business.”

Recently I was reading some of my old guest editorials and I ran across this poem. I was amazed at how many of my fearful predictions had come true in recent years.  Just this week there was news that President Trump wants to allow mining in The Grand Canyon!

Watching the behavior of the current holder of this vital office, my fears have returned. This man says and does outrageous things. I believe many of his actions have endangered our nation…so I am sharing this wrenching poem again with different readers with the caution that we all must pay attention–and vote for someone who will enhance our nation–not destroy it!

I encourage people to read and to respond—sharing actions of the current office holder they’ve noticed so we can have a fuller listing of damages that have been done to our beloved America. This might help all of us become more aware and to decide to vote for someone who truly cares for America and for All Of The People in the future!

© Jackie De Hon, Ph.D.

Our nation’s future is at stake—
My muse told me tonight.
She waked-me-up at midnight,
So great was her fright!

She told me of our future’s risk,
She said we must NOT fail…
Must fight to save our land so fair;
She pulled aside dark veil.

I turned my head, tried not to look.
She opened wide my eyes
“Witness and then spread the word!”
Oh Heart, the awful lies!

I saw a politician who
Lies his way to win
Our nation’s presidency so
He can bend all to serve him!

…Listen now…I’ll clue you in.

I checked online to learn about
A Robber Baron candidate
Whose recklessness I fear
Pay attention…he spews hate!

If such a one could gain control
Of our nation fair,
To “run it like a business,”
What would happen there?

He’d treat us as “his business”—
Cannibalize our land.
Would create his own slave-class
Unless we take a stand!

My cautionary tale begins—
Fearful analogy…
First he must neutralize all
Who might stand in his way.

I learned this new Robber Baron
Manipulated fair-play rules.
Cheated, hurt folks—stole their jobs and
Retirements…called them “fools.”

Put their money into his own
Pockets—called it “Capitalism.”
Crony Capitalists steal from
All…the worst kind of “ism.”

Long ago the stage was set—
When Robber Baron-types
Bought-bad-laws to enrich selves and
Hid behind their own hype.

Lawmakers passed laws RBs wrote
To enrich selves and others—
At expense of the rest of us…cared
Not about Dads and Mothers.

People who don’t look like him
Would be the first to suffer.
Then he’d kill all women’s rights…and
Minority rights soon after.

Robber Barons, Crony Capitalists—
No matter what the name—
It’s what these greedy people do…
What’s evil is their game!”

As always, with my Muse’s ideas,
She leaves it up to me to
Figure how to tell the story—
And so I’ll show you what he’d do.

First he would kill our spirits fair.
Then he’d kill some bodies as
This new “King” imperiously
Declared that “ALL belongs to him!”

Like Hitler and Chauchescue
He’d stop all abortions then
And when his Forced-Birth-policies
Started to kick in…

He’d have an excess of unloved-
People to fight his endless wars.
From Birth-Machines who were forced to
Supply slave-workers as well.

Jobs, souls, and love of people would
Disappear; we all would bleed;
Treasures next, in “Great Selloff”
For King-Dictator’s greed.

I envision Inventories’
Taken just to see
What this new guy “has bought;” how
To exploit “his new company”…

He’d start with Global Real Estate,
Sell to the highest bidder,
Grand Canyon, Tetons, and Big Bend.
Buy now…Tell your friends on Twitter!

Later in D.C. I see huge
Banner on domed building pale:
Home of “Joe’s Capitol Plumbing.”
And another, White House White Sale!”

When nothing’s left for common folks—
Happiness becomes a joke
For 1% to laugh about
While gambling over Reason’s coat.

What I haven’t figured out—
What keeps me up at night—
Is…after all our wealth is gone
And America has lost the fight,
What will this Crony Capitalist
Do with “excess inventory?”
Will some slaver-nation buy all…
Will that be the end of this story?


Before voting In 2020 voters would do well to study the life, actions, statements, and how each candidate does business and treats all classes, ethnic groups, and individuals.


Picture a Land Where Kindness Reigns

                                      © Jackie De Hon, Ph.D 

I read or dreamed some time ago
About a land so fair,
Where people learned to tame themselves
Avoiding Tempter’s snare.
Because here what each person did
The Self received instead
Whether ill or good was done
‘Twas on the actor’s head.

And in my mind I dwelt on this–
A lovely situation.
Here is what I came up with
To share across the nation:
Picture a land where kindness reigns,
Where only Good is blessed;
Where Evil has no place at all
And war is put to rest.

A bully’s words and blows can hurt
No one but her or him.
They simply stay within The Self
To boil and fume…then dim.
Bullies learn to protect selves
By treating others well.
Kindness shared, reflects right back,
Rewarding sharer.  Compels.
Groups of bullies–governments–
Receive the focus of
Decisions they might implement,
Here’s how it works now, Love:

   If stealing, their-possessions left
The moment that they voted.
If harming others was their goal,
That harm on them was goaded.
   If warring was their choice that day,
   Then only-they-were-killed,
   So soon the land was free of those
Whom harm-to-others willed!

And all learn to treat so well
Themselves as well as others.
Happiness, enough for all–
Children, fathers, mothers!

Oh, for a land where kindness reigns
And harm cannot bedevil.
A place of peace and joy and love,
Where there can be no Evil.

Jackie De Hon, Ph.D., Prisms: Refracting Light of Women’s Lives, 2009

Jackie DeHon

Jackie De Hon holds a Ph.D. in Communications from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. A retired college teacher, she is a former Regional Director of a federal program (JTPA) for the Louisiana Department of Education and taught art in the public schools. De Hon advocates for true-democracy with fair treatment for all citizens. Her 2009 book, Prisms: Refracting Light of Women’s Lives, is a collection of her writings about women’s rights, minority rights, family, education, and the environment. The novel she is currently writing is a cautionary tale about the implosion of America. De Hon paints, sculpts, and carves wood.

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