Photo by Kate Abrielle

Night Life

Content warning: this piece contains language/themes that may be triggering to some people

Eyes wander streets painted with dusk 

Black and blue shadows dancing across her vision 

Like a never-ending carousel 

Up and down and around they follow her

Telling her mind ‘danger is lurking’

Sending warning signals from brain to heart and heart to soul 

Her feet kicking pebbles and stumbling over cracks 

Digging into her rubber soles as adrenaline pushes her to go faster

Her shaky hand going to her pocket

Resting on top of the hairspray that is her only defense 

And the judge on whether she lives or dies

The weights of justice shifted to weigh on the victim 

As opposed to the one that brings harm 

Five minutes is all she needs to reach her safe haven 

Yet, time is frozen without the sun to guide her home

Each step is like a magnetic pull

Pushing time into itself to move it slowly forward 

She buttons her coat tighter with her free hand

If dangerous eyes meet her thighs 

The weights of justice fade to grey 

Fade away 

Until only she is to blame 

She was like a cupcake

Dressed down to the vanilla bean 

Soft skin buttered up with lotions and perfume 

And frosted with icing on her pretty little lips 

So small compared to her surroundings

Waiting to be eaten up by the black abyss

They all wanted a bite

She knew if she stood still for even a second 

It would all come crumbling down 

Frozen as they circle her like ravens hunting mice

Listening as their stomachs growl

Begging for more

They would tear at her body, cutting down to the bone 

Peeling her away until she was bare

Satisfying their own hunger

Sugar and honey falling from her lips 

Like a broken faucet, forever flowing

They would whisper

Telling her she was just another piece of cake 

To break beneath their teeth

It’s all her fault 

All her bad

Because she tastes so good 

There is no winning 

In the world of a woman 

Just a piece of cake 

Taunting, tempting 

Begging for them

To take a bite

Eyes wander streets painted with dusk 

Black and blue shadows dancing across her vision 

Like a never-ending carousel 

Up and down and around they follow her

Telling her mind ‘danger is lurking’

Sending warning signals from brain to heart and heart to soul 

Her feet kicking pebbles and stumbling over cracks 

Digging into her rubber soles as adrenaline pushes her to go faster

Her shaky hand coming up from her pocket

Pulling out the keys as she enters the safety of her home

Five seconds is all she needs to reach her safe haven 

Yet, time is frozen without the sun to guide her home

The key goes into the door

Releasing time from its prison as she steps into the warmth 

And out of the cold 

She unbuttons her coat with one hand 

Freeing the outfit that lies underneath

Her own eyes meet her thighs 

And the weights of justice fade  

Fade away 

Because today she is not to blame

For her disappearance, rape, or death

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