Woman

When they ask,

do not tremble,

or quiver

 

do not move quickly

go quietly, inch by inch

summon the devil

 

use heat

a slight smile

curl your fist

bare your teeth

 

howl

 

you are a wolf

 

do not remove the mask

 

moan, caress, spread your legs

scream yes, scream it louder,

let him slap, shake, choke, bend, flip, break,

**** you

 

let him disown, disregard, intimidate, drown

you

 

become soft, sink into the earth,

let the ringworms feed on your carcass

 

you are bones now

you are dust now

you are a ghost of what was

merely a home for energy mishandled

 

you are adjectives spat onto you

and never deserving of

 

the world waited billions of years for you to form

to bring all your nothingness into the world and

make it a touch more

whole

 

only to watch you become a flower wilted,

overwatered,

plucked fresh,

ripe,

raw,

 

and discarded.

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