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we haven't walked the same streets

February 11, 2021
By ilanadrake PLATINUM, New York, New York
ilanadrake PLATINUM, New York, New York
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we haven't walked the same streets 

you haven't changed outfits because 

your skirt is 

"too revealing"


you haven't broke into a 

j o g 

or a 

r   u   n

when a man starts to 


in the same direction 

that you heard towards.


you haven't worried about who is behind you

or tilted your head back.


you haven't watched the speeds of the cars that 



you haven't worried about intersections 




and you haven't become uncomfortable 

while in a subway car 

at the age of fourteen

because a man looked at the 

dress you were wearing 

to a bat mitzvah.


we walk together at the same time

but you haven't seen me lose my breath

and stop

m i d  s e n t e n c e

and you haven't noticed how my confidence drops

when i walk in the dark


you haven't seen the times i had to

pull out my phone 

because of 


"unsafe" situation


what i would give to walk 

with my feet leading the way

and music in my ears. 

The author's comments:

I wrote this piece based on my experiences growing up as a girl in NYC. This piece speaks to the #MeToo movement.

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