catcall got your tongue?i.catcall got your tongue?17 hours ago in Urban & Spoken Word More Like This
the man says,
his whistles echo
like choking screams
from the passenger side window.
in a moment the car
has swept into the distance
in a windstorm of red-brown dirt.
it's two months after my twelfth birthday
and for the first time
I feel the fears of a woman.
we were in middle school
at some friend's pool party,
swimming in orange afternoon sun.
they crossed the dried grass
in their bikinis and the cars,
I can still hear their honking,
all of us startled like little birds
by the sound--
squealing out beneath grinning faces,
our bodies barely out of the first gate.
stubbornly crossing my arms
and wrapping in my towel,
staring at the shutters of the house
I couldn't hear.
she was barely old enough
to ride her bike by herself
when she came home crying--
auntie was dying of cancer
and all she could think of
was the laughter of the boys in her class
at the word "breast".
they were jokers cack
Happy Songs on the RadioI don't write about happy things.Happy Songs on the Radio10 hours ago in Free Verse More Like This
I don't listen to songs about romance.
I can't feel what the artist is singing so passionately about.
The longing to know what it's like makes me want to scream and shout.
The way people write and lace words together,
About how happy and perfect they see the world.
Has always been a stranger to me.
I wish I could see,
The way you did.
I really do.
I wish I could feel the same way as you.
To be able to hear the lyrics,
'I love you'
And picture someone to match those three words.
I wish I could hear these songs,
About how everything is perfect.
Absolutely nothing is wrong.
But I can't.
I hear those songs and I feel empty.
Because I can't feel what they're saying.
And I keep listening,
But I am just wasting my time
Trying but failing to relate.
When I hear the songs on the radio.
They make me squirm in my seat.
I feel happy but sad.
Something so bitter sweet.
Because part of me feels so happy for the person.
Who sings so happily.
But another, darker half.