,

A Poem For All The Nasty Women

  grab them

by

the patriarchy

and rip their

egos off

hold them down

strip them of

their

tokenism

demolish

their conceit

taint it

with your

overdone

eyeliner

because you

don’t

get it right

sometimes

and

they never

get you right.

crush their

bigotry

beneath

your pumps

boots

sneakers

like they tried to

quieten you

to keep you

from rights

a list

longer than

your

blonde

brunette

black

rainbow

tresses.

these
painted nails

and yellow

builder caps

have built

towers

and  

can bulldoze

them too

uniforms,

police

sports

schools

and hospitals;

cuff, kick,

eradicate,

cure

sexism too.


burn their

misogyny

with

the stove lighters

they expect

you to

use

but you

play with

a different fire.

put your

tongue to

use

sharp as

swords

spilling words

louder

than guns.


show them

what

fierce is

your voice

your stance

beliefs

attitude

your love

and

hate

and not

just

your crimson

lips.

Written by Shivani Agrawal

19 | Writing Studies Major | Feminist
I appreciate peace, poetry and pizza.

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