Like summer cockroaches
they come out hot & defiant -
scattering swiftly in all directions.
like snakes shedding skin.
Their clothes wear thin
displaying the lack of decorum within.
What some women have lied for,
some – beaten - have cried for
Yet more and more have died for it –
what you are simply giving for free.
With unchecked tongues they call you ‘hoes’
With heaving breasts all exposed
Midriff bulge, thick with thighs
to the extreme, burning our eyes.
Don’t give it up for free
It’s not about the poo
I’m just speaking Dignity
I’m simply talking to you.
What we see is not what you think
No one ever taught you value?
So you can’t see what’s true.
Like roaches in the night;
You get blinded in the light
Thinking the sound you hear is applause.
That’s not what you got climbing the walls
Predators, like centipedes, also hitting the streets
Tens upon thousands on the prowl;
You’re the prey they will eat.
With no apologies to hear,
say they’re just trying to survive;
it’s hard enough out here for us all
without you trying to glamorize
the sleazy, the skeezy, the greasy and the easy.
Come back to thee, sweet Dignity.