As a child, I was taught to respect
the man on the bus with his hand on my knee.
All the assembled assholes of the western world,
I've been through them
I'm a sweet little bee
with a million stingers.
Go ahead and pat my ass now--
I'll make you feel my pain if it kills me.
Ladies, you almost-friends of mine,
discuss me til your lips fall off.
This one says this
and that one says that
about my manner and my choices and
the teeming cosmos of all you think you know but don't.
Today a famous perv got 175 years for exercising his shriveled soul
at the expense of others.
Not enough, but better than business as usual.
gather at the river, lifting our skirts and wading in
just as if it, and we, and our better angels
hadn't already gone on without us.
Image at top: Annie Murphy
Larry Nassar's victims speak out HERE.