Waistline

size of jeans,a looming number hanginglike a gloomy cloudready to rain on my everyday thoughts. size of jeanstossed into trashtears wastedover numbers that make no sense size of jeans,waistband lies,tells me my personality and my weightand i die a little inside. size of jeans,numbers tattooed onto my foreheadfollowing me around like a spectertelling everyone nearContinue reading “Waistline”

front-line soldiers

soldiers.pick up your rifles,your gowns,your masks,your shoes. march in time with the melody,a changing melodythe melody of history. Tend to the bloodied,the broken, the bruised,the sick. Smiles for today,tomorrow,and all the tiring days past. Wear yellow for the sun,for a smile,even when your heart is blue. Fight against bigotry,racism,unjust killings. Let your voices be heard,letContinue reading “front-line soldiers”

Old Prejudices

We live in a world torn apart by prejudices. A world torn apart by divisions between genders. Between colors. Between each other. Women received the right to vote in America on August 18, 1920 with the passing of the 19th Amendment. Old prejudices have not changed. In households, traditions are upheld. In mine, women cook,Continue reading “Old Prejudices”

My Life As A People-Pleaser

I have found that being a people-pleaser seems to be engraved in my very identity. It seems that there is no way around this. I must please my friends, my teachers, my family, the strangers passing in the hallways… And, half of the time, I end up pleasing everyone. Except myself. Every step I make,Continue reading “My Life As A People-Pleaser”

Confidence

Confidence has never been my strong suit.It has always been my downfall.I have always been afraid I would be given the boot,So much so I could not stand tall. Fear is what kept me rooted to one spot,Kept me rooted there for too long. It’s funny how one single thoughtCan turn a song to beContinue reading “Confidence”

Why Sexual Assault Should Be Talked About In School

We find sexual assault immensely hard to talk about. Even in my high school, there is a lack of conversation about this topic, regarding both females and males because, yes, males can be sexually assaulted as well. There may be an outcry in the public world and social media world about MeToo and greater supportContinue reading “Why Sexual Assault Should Be Talked About In School”

the broken

her hair hangs in jagged edgesits teeth caressing her pale neck.her eyes surrounded with dark ringsher thin pink lips chapped. she flinches away from your touch,not from hate but from fearthe last time someone touched her thereshe woke up with butterfly bruises. she’s skeptical about everything you sayeven when you claim they are truthsbecause theContinue reading “the broken”

We Can’t Always Be Strong

Society demands us to: Stay strong. Don’t cry. Smile. Look beautiful. Bite your tongue. Women are still, even in 2020, like objects. Even in middle school and high school, girls force themselves into tight jeans and crop tops. They get whistled at on the streets. When they get cat-called, they bite their tongue because thisContinue reading “We Can’t Always Be Strong”

Just a Conversation: Male and Female Inequality

What has always fascinated me is the duality between male and female inequality. It is even more ironic to think about how our country was founded on equality, yet the abject and abysmal human nature has converted invisible straight lines into complex knots. We can accept we will never achieve true equality between both gendersContinue reading “Just a Conversation: Male and Female Inequality”

Red Lipstick

Red lipstick blushingHair in brown waterfall wavesJagged at the ends. Back straight, look pretty,Sit down, close mouth, lovely facePainted doll for show She kisses and tells,Called out as ugly whoreTears slide, heels in trash. Stay single, risk firePrude, ugly, too fat, too thin,Tears slide, heels in trash. Changes come too slowClinging to black and whiteContinue reading “Red Lipstick”

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