The Game

How do I get these damn boys off my back?

They call us girls?

Call attention to my immaturity?

You know what matures you?

Curiosity, novelty, challenge.

You know what these boys pretending to be men lack?

Curiosity in a world inevitably spinning,

novelty in a world made for their hands,

challenge in a world shaped by their fear.

Yeah, pretty face, we all have our shit —

but do you know how many bodies you’re crushing

when you cruise on your motorized fucking skateboard?

Do you realize how pretentious you sound

when you brag about beating everyone at Mario Kart,

about your Supreme bag being a garbage can?

Games aside, life is not a game, not matter how long

your gender has imposed limitations on the rest

all I ask you is that you get off my damn back,

so I can defend those I love, maintain my compassion,

and lend you a hand

once you decide to get off your high, power-hungry horse.

 

To all the people out there who try hard to be patient with and have empathy for that rich white cis dude but know it’s harder than it looks…I’m with you.

 

November 24, 2019

The Wind

Be with the wind,

dear child,

be with the wind

because the wind will never fail you.

It tells it like it is:

present yet invisible

until it pounds its mighty fist,

roof tiles falling,

refugees sprawling;

the next day gentle,

subtle whispers on the cheek,

nature calling,

mother asking

for a forgiveness she does not owe.

 

Be with the wind

because “wind” is just a word,

because “truth” is not a story

or a prayer or a hymn.

 

The only truth is beneath our feet,

in the air that speaks

with an ask that is beyond forgiveness,

a force reminding us

that change is imminent.

 

November 23, 2019

Gossip Girl

You’d think that Chuck and Blair were my best friends

in high school, how much they told me

what to do,

what I wanted,

right, wrong, relationships,

expectations, exceptions, assumptions.

How many of these straight couples have we seen on TV,

on the movie screen? You’d think watching the same story

would have tired us out by now…

but look at all those remakes!

“Boys will be boys” so let the playboys play,

let the Netflix episodes stream

with titles like: “Conquest 1: Anne.

Do you pass the Bechdel test?

 

And yet, my mind relishes it!

3 hours of “Next Episode,” “Next Episode,” “Next

Episode” when I already know what’s coming.

Come on, socialized females—

we were taught to savor it,

to be silent, to watch

this brunette pair with pretty faces,

there is no grace here

when I’m still second class

there is no grace here

I think I’ll have to pass

and yet I’ve watched for 10,000 hours

officially a master

how many minutes have we been feeding

ourselves

this

shit?

The sexist disguised as the best friend,

the feminist disguised as the loser, the bitch.

“Paint it black,” Mick said,

so maybe we should scrap the painting

if I’m still quoting advice from the tomb

we are buried in, white male words

we are covered in.

 

To carry Chuck and Blair’s

abbreviations, hallucinations…

It’s heavy. It’s hard.

 

They taught me it’s okay if he leads me on;

I should wait. I should want it.

They taught me it’s okay if he looks at me

sideways, smirks, and moves on;

I should be flattered. I am top dog.

They taught me I should love a “he.”

 

Here’s a scrap, dear women.

Here’s a slice of the loaf you asked for.

Now, why aren’t you happy?

Why do you keep talking?

 

‘Cause we’re human.

‘Cause we’re hungry.

Damn hungry.

 

At the end of the day, my adolescent self watched Gossip Girl, idolized Chuck and Blair, and part of my heart still loves them. And that’s the point.

 

October 29, 2019