Jumping from the Second Floor

October 18, 2013
By spiritwriter GOLD, Hicksville, New York
spiritwriter GOLD, Hicksville, New York
11 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's not a matter of "can I change the world," it's about "how do I want to change the world?""
-Severn Cullis-Suzuki


I do not accept your offer
for the best sex I’ll ever have.
I do not accept my place in an already-crowded kitchen,
and I must decline the terms and conditions that may apply.
For this womanhood, I need not apply
you see, I was born into it.

I will accept the terms
“feminist b****” and “liberal s***,”
which you have so kindly coined in my honor,
I kind of like them, anyway.

Let me introduce you to the word ‘no.’
No, I am not for you and your friends to stare at,
with six pairs of hungry and entitled eyes.
No, I didn’t “like it,”
and I wouldn’t do it again.
No, I don’t need you,
and that makes me the enemy.

Well I am proud to be your enemy.

My body is not the place
for you to pitch your sweaty tent into.
And no, you can’t put it up in my backyard
under the freckles of stars, either.
It is not collateral, or damaged.
It is the last space on this earth,
that you may not claim as your own.

My body is for her lips,
that’s right I said her lips,
and it’s for her hands, too.
She makes love to the scarred skin,
on the nights that she’s not thousands of miles away
and when she does, it feels like home.

If opening my mouth makes me any less f***able,
I think I’ll do it more often.
I am worth more than who I f***,
and I am worth more than what you think,
I am worth more than the razor
that your words used to split my wrist
on nights more vulnerable than others.

I know I am, because I say I am.

I am not your average straight girl
or even your average queer,
I am not your average anything
because I am not average,
I am f***ing beautiful.
I’m not an open invitation or a sealed envelope
I am a book on the shelf,
with a spine you can’t crack anymore,
I am a city, rebuilt after your war,
Reborn.


The author's comments:
A letter to misogynists everywhere. A testament to three specific instances of sexism or harassment I have experienced in the last couple of months. One of my proudest pieces.

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Mckay ELITE said...
on Aug. 16 2014 at 9:21 pm
Mckay ELITE, Somewhere, Virginia
146 articles 0 photos 2260 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."
—Apple’s “Think Different” commercial, 1997
“Crazy people are considered mad by the rest of the society only because their intelligence isn't understood.”
― Weihui Zhou

Reminds me of Beyonce's "Flawless". This poem is flawless. I love it candidness and emphasis on standing up for yourself, not only because you're a woman, but because you're a human. I think that's the biggest thing here. It's not about being different. Not about not being your average white guy (not that this implied that.) But about being a human. And demanding respect as well as equality. Love its theme. Well done. 

on Jul. 22 2014 at 7:29 pm
nithyaswaminathan BRONZE, Pleasanton, California
2 articles 0 photos 60 comments
Anger built up inside of me as I read this...this did everything that a good poem is supposed to do. I really connected with this. 

on Jul. 5 2014 at 1:16 pm
TheComet PLATINUM, Mostaganem, Other
22 articles 1 photo 439 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you will ever regret" -Ambrose Bierce
" Be yourself! Everybody else is already taken ;)"
"Don't go where the path leads you. Go instead where there's no path and leave a trail ;)"-R.W.Emerson

Deep topic!!! I loved it !!! especially when you said "I am not an open invitation or a sealed envelope I am a book on the shelf" i really liked the honesty and the FACT that this poem tells. Yes of course you should be PROUD of this piece ^_^ Great Job!!

.king. SILVER said...
on May. 23 2014 at 11:36 am
.king. SILVER, Yeux Bien Tres Bien, Other
9 articles 4 photos 573 comments

Favorite Quote:
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Liberating, nice. :)

on Jan. 27 2014 at 6:59 pm
spiritwriter GOLD, Hicksville, New York
11 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's not a matter of "can I change the world," it's about "how do I want to change the world?""
-Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Thank you!!!

on Nov. 20 2013 at 6:03 pm
LittleMissLostInParadise GOLD, Cumberland, Virginia
19 articles 0 photos 21 comments

Favorite Quote:
"We live in a strange bubble"
-Brian Molko

This is touching, and deep. You did amazing. AMAZING.

on Nov. 17 2013 at 10:39 pm
real_and_awake SILVER, Katy, Texas
5 articles 0 photos 4 comments

Favorite Quote:
above all else to thine ownself be true

omg spiritwriter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! this is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!! u hav inspired me sooooo much, PLZ KEEP WRITING <3 I AM DYING FOR MORE!!!!!!!!!!!

bltloki BRONZE said...
on Nov. 11 2013 at 5:26 pm
bltloki BRONZE, Andover, Massachusetts
2 articles 1 photo 3 comments
this is really inspiring, and so many important things that are oft dismissed irl are addressed beautifully in your work. 

on Nov. 11 2013 at 2:17 am
spiritwriter GOLD, Hicksville, New York
11 articles 0 photos 23 comments

Favorite Quote:
"It's not a matter of "can I change the world," it's about "how do I want to change the world?""
-Severn Cullis-Suzuki

Thank you SO much for that comment. This took a lot for me to write and even more for me to publish. I was able to reclaim my experience through this poem, and let it go. And it's really helped a lot :) 

on Nov. 10 2013 at 9:24 pm
writtenonmysoul PLATINUM, Farmington, New Mexico
20 articles 0 photos 9 comments

Favorite Quote:
Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.

More people need to have courage like this.

Natalie16 GOLD said...
on Nov. 10 2013 at 6:43 am
Natalie16 GOLD, Nashik, California
18 articles 0 photos 5 comments

Favorite Quote:
Teams are for people who don't have the ability to get anywhere on their own.

Love it. It is beautiful!

JRaye PLATINUM said...
on Nov. 9 2013 at 10:59 pm
JRaye PLATINUM, Dorr, Michigan
43 articles 10 photos 527 comments

Favorite Quote:
"If you build your house far enough away from Trouble, then Trouble will never find you."

"Have you ever looked fear in the face and said, 'I just don't care.'?"

This is straight up awesome :) You completely earned the Editors Choice!

Red546 GOLD said...
on Nov. 9 2013 at 11:06 am
Red546 GOLD, Warrenton, Georgia
13 articles 0 photos 33 comments
Amen sister! Those idiots who came on to you can read it and weep!

on Nov. 8 2013 at 9:10 pm
Fallen_ PLATINUM, Quakertown, Pennsylvania
25 articles 3 photos 436 comments

Favorite Quote:
" a shattered world is only an opening into a new beginning with laughs, smiles, and love all around enter the world of the light and away from the broken darkness"

I like how your speaking yor mind way to go!


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