I’ve never swam with the piranhas that you have
Or watched life end in the blink of an eye.
Not told my husband is leaving after a 22 year marriage
With no explanation or “why?”
I’ve never went a night without eating
Or had the misfortune of someone taking my things.
Never lost a hand of cards to a stranger
Or had to pawn my favorite rings.
Many things I cannot relate to you on
But my life is clearly at stake
You may think I don’t know what your feeling
But just let me jump in this lake.
I’ve been misjudged by those that raised me
Never once told they were proud
Been beaten to the point of submission
Left laying bleeding, on the ground.
I’ve been looked over for promotion
Because I didn’t have a dick
If that doesn’t anger you slightly
Then you’re a misogynistic prick.
I’ve been passed around like furniture
Too young to scream “STOP!”
Choked until I passed out
Saved from that by a cop.
Hated by an entire family
Just for being me
Darts thrown in my direction
Nobody could ever see.
I may not have walked in your shoes
But you haven’t walked in mine
If we can sit and chat about our trauma
Maybe we’ll both be fine.