Mother taught me to eye women like angels
No abuses, no harassment, no catcalling
Respect and adoration.
Respect and adoration.
I was raped by one.
Inside out, severed and violated
My soul in shatters on the floor
Where she’d left me,
Untied yet screaming for release.
My body in chunks of shame
Bleeding where your cruel hands had touched.
I was raped.
Ignoring knocks of Humiliation at the door,
I ran to the police.
And they,
Accused me of spinning yarns
Press charges against a woman? What?
You mad?
A broken hymen calls forth cops and culprits
But my ripped apart virginity called none.
Sir,
I begged,
She tied me up with ropes of privilege
Hurt me till I cracked like a desert
Came at me, that monster
And raped me. She raped me.
Son, they said,
You got lucky
Quit whining, run home
You don’t want the tables turned.
I was raped.
And no,
The pain wasn’t luck
What she did wasn’t consensual
The abuse wasn’t fun
He said, you’re a guy
And she a girl
With your roles reversed, it makes no sense.
I’m back in school,
Learning who gets raped.
The women do, the little girls do.
Men don’t get raped
No, We don’t feel the agony of assault
We don’t consider our bodies precious
We can never not want sex
What a crazy idea!
I’m back home
Respect and adoration, son
Respect and adoration.
But mother, you never taught me to look for the fallen angels,
The Lucifers among you saintly folk
Never taught me to fight back when they strike
Never let me borrow sister’s pepper sprays
When I was the one who needed them most
Didn’t let me admit that a girl in class had hit me
You called it a shame.
And me a disgrace.
You never taught me to respect myself, mother.
Now it’s too late for respect and adoration.
My bleeding soul is too tired
For self respect
The world tells me to forget.
And man up
Damsels in distress
Fall high in importance

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