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Poetry & Art

To Be A Woman Alone At Night

To Be a Woman Alone at Night

Crocodiles have a strong grip

and teeth that cut,

but they can’t hurt you

if you avoid the watering hole.

 

That is why

I never walk alone at night;

Crocodiles walk on two legs

after dark.

 

To Be a Woman Alone at Night, Part II

Why do you not

carry your keys

between your knuckles

in a dark parking lot,

or check the backseat

of your car

before you get in?

 

Because you are

not a woman.

 

Author: Emily Byrnes
Author Email: [email protected]
Author Bio: Emily Byrnes is a mental health advocate/dog mom/feminist/writer from New York’s capital region. You can check out her Instagram page for more of her work.
Link to social media or website: Instagram @emilybyrnes_

 

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