I Find That Hard to Believe

The man said
“I find that hard to believe.”
I said,
“That is the problem right there.”
Men don’t believe
Believe women
That couldn’t happen
Not that often
How is that possible
I haven’t seen it
Only a woman has seen
Over
And over
And over
And over
So it’s hard to believe
You really don’t think
Don’t think men
Men would do that
Say that
Be that way
Really
Violate a woman’s
Sense of safety
Take away
Something precious
Take away so much
You find that hard to believe
Well look closer
Look at women
Not their bodies
For a change
At their souls
See the damage
The damage men
Have caused
Do cause
Women are prey
In most societies
They are not safe
With a lot of men
See that place
That they hide
So they don’t look vulnerable
So they can walk down the street
Or to their car
Or buy groceries
No
Women don’t like it
When you whistle
Geer
Catcall
Ask them to marry you
It’s not flattering
It’s scary
They want to run
Hide
Get away
As fast as possible
Going as slow as possible
And not show fear
But look
Really look
You will see the fear
In most women
If it doesn’t break your heart
You are part of the problem

Copyright Don MacLeod

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No one must know

No one must know

So much pain

Tell no one

It’s a secret that must be kept

You don’t know why exactly

But you must remain silent

No one can know you can barely sit up some days

The pain saps every bit of extra energy

No one can know

Why

No one can know

It’s a secret

Fake it

Lie

Do not tell the truth

Lie to yourself

It will get better

It will go away

You will find the magic thing

That makes you better

You hope

You pray

It doesn’t go away

It eats at you

It takes your life

It takes your friends

It takes the things you love to do

All go away

But you can’t tell

You must not tell

Copyright Don MacLeod