By: Gilly Blais
the road is paved
with neglected remains
of self-love deemed too broken to save
left to decay
in hollow dirt graves
buried six feet
under the covers
she rests without peace
beside ghosts she treats as lovers
men who claim to adore their own sisters and mothers
but value the rest as scores, tallies, and numbers
society champions man’s competition for more
while insisting “too much” makes women sluts, hoes, and whores
though if one gives “too little” then she is a prude and a bore
on the other hand
held too tight
do not pretend these men do not know the wrong from the right
while women must pretend they are not filled with fright
when a man walking behind her comes just a little too near
walking home when the streets are not lit and the path is unclear
that a boy will rape her in high school and still get to build a career
in a society whose concern is insincere
forced into submission
why don’t you tell these women there is no division
between the sexes?
i dare you
she’ll beg to differ
cause just last weekend she had a boy try to kiss her
in the club
she said no but he reached for his zipper
“it’s your study abroad”
“you’re supposed to have fun”
“aren’t you american, girl?” he whispered
into to her ear as he kept moving closer
and what would you say if i said she was sober?
how would you blame her now?
a short skirt does not allow
to ignore the word “no”
it is not her fault he did not get the memo the first time
even after she lied
and said that she had a boyfriend
to stand up for herself
the weekend before a boy wanted to dance
then he got mad when she wouldn’t give him a chance
and as he was walking away
he pulled her hair
few things compare
to the stares she gets from old men on the street
feasting their eyes on a fresh piece of meat
licking their lips, whistling, and honking their horns
is that your best excuse?
justification for the abuse?
she could care less about a man’s “needs”
when he barks at her like she is a dog
when she’s out with her friends or just going for a jog
do you think that is attractive?
think it makes her want to fuck you?
and your misogynistic entitlement too.