i was told as a little girl

to stay quiet

when i really meant stop.

boys only tug on girls’ hair

when they really mean she’s pretty.

i was told as a little girl

to never scream at the shadows.

they were gardeners, planting

violet kisses between my ribs.

the flowers would fade


but a good little girl

must not make a fuss

when the monsters

are only trying to tell her

how pretty she is.

i was told as a little girl

that you must never beg

when the boogeyman

swallows you whole.

all he ever wanted

was a pretty girl

to love him.


Grant-Grey Porter Hawk Guda

Powerful expression! 

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