I was literally speechless the first time I read this.
someone else’s rapist
lean back in client chair
shadows of survivors indented behind
it is difficult
not to want to hurl you from that sacred place
screaming; You do not have the right!Haven’t you possessed enough flesh and soul?
I place one hand over the other, as if I am
wearing plastic gloves and submerging them in
hot dish-water, doing some kind of
domestic yoga move
instead of drinking or cursing or rising up with sword.
You are physically attractive, it might make people ask
why do you need to rape? Just like they ask; Why would he rape her?
Why did she wear that short skirt? All sorts of wrong-headed pronouncements
cluttering our throats with ire.
I have seen how women write, to prisoners like you
fascinated by the ‘bad boy,’ even marrying you
you, who would chop them into little red
pieces and eat…
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