a history of what?

as i read the history of the greco-persian wars,
portrayed as the great war between east and west,
as a clash of two civilisations, i can not help but feel
that i read a history of masculinity. because where
do women appear in this bloodshed? if mentioned at all,
they are victims of murder, rape, and captivity,
or mothers, wives, daughters and sisters
mourning their loved ones.

and please, brother, do not try to convince me
that this is just some ancient history, long time gone.
any news outlet will contradict you.

i wonder how do they manage to look
at us?

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