Free Quency


I'm Sorry - Poem by Free Quency

I'm Sorry
No truly I am
I'm
Sorry for so many things to so many people through so many times
But most of all
I'm sorry that I believed all the lies
I guess it should come as no surprise that the right to my body is just a societal disguise based on the notion that a man has a right to anything in his eyes from my thighs to my hair
and no
not my dreads
but the ones 'down there' as long as my skirt is short enough to 'invite' him to stare
So...
I'm Sorry
I apologize for the disguise that I wear or put on
But
Im SO glad that you knew it was just meant to turn you on
Because
The clothes that I wear have no significance to me as a human being
Rather
They're meant for you to define me by what YOUR seeing
Believing that my hem line determines my inner being
I Invite you to look down upon me as a suffocate beneath this glass ceiling
So...
Forgive me
forgive me please for not getting the memo
That if I drink a little bit too much I go from being a woman to a ho
For forgetting that if I sip drinks then liquor shouldn't be the thing I expect down my throat
Because if Im not really asking for it then he really wont
Now Im not sure if this apology is coming off entirely too sincerely so
Let me take a minute to break it down for yall a little bit more clearly
This apology is a symptom of a social disease
Seen from football rosters in ohio to busses in New Delhi
With outbreaks of slut shaming and victim blaming mentalities
No cure in sight under this currently system of patriarchy
We got invisible wars leaving visible scars on members of our nation's military
And don't get me started on what the hell is going on politically
See Id write my local politician but he's probably taking the lead on defining rape in terms of words such as legitimacy
In fact, the following is a list of exact quotations taken from politicians in the United States of America
"Rape victims should make the most of a bad situation"
-Rick Santorum, Former presidential hopeful
"Some girls rape easy"
-Roger Rivard, former Wisconsin congressman
"Rape is like bad weather. If it's inevitable you should relax and enjoy it."
-Clayton Williams, former contender for Texas Governor
See this disease has reached the top of our nation's leadership to the point of being endemic
But even without a medical degree
I got a four step regimen that's sure to end it
Number One
Remember that rape isn't about sex it's about power and privilege
And if you dont believe take a detour into our nation's prison systems
Number Two
Dont teach women self defense, modest dress, or other ways to avoid being raped initially
Instead, why not foster a culture that teaches men not to rape indiscriminately
Number Three
If the case makes it to court
I got advice for those on the bench
Perceptions of character are not as important as evidence
And Number Four
If a person is raped look for the rapist not the reason
That one shouldn't have to rhyme

Topic(s) of this poem: rape


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Poem Submitted: Thursday, September 7, 2017



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