Best Practices for Throwing Stones at Women Protesting
the Legalization of Marital Rape
1 Choosing the stone
Crouch in the sun. Close
your eyes and dream of frying bread.
Sweep the ground with your palm.
Hold and caress the dust.
Whatever hardness meets your hand, grasp it.
Whatever softness meets your hand, taste it.
Spit it out.
Do this for 800 years,
until you know,
and the world also knows,
you are stone and dust.
2 Protecting the stone
No one sees the stone but you
and those who share your bread.
3 Teaching the stone
There are three words the stone should know:
Dog. Whore. Infidel.
The stone should know these words well.
4 Aiming the stone
Aim for the mouth.
Either she will choke and be silent,
or she will swallow the stone, vomit bread for you,
and be silent.
5 Throwing the stone
Think of blood, of bread,
of shadowy hatred.
Think of wind racing
over a field of poppies.