#MeToo

Fight back

Because it happens too often

To way too many people.

 

Everyone knows someone

Who has been through this,

Even if they haven’t told you yet.

 

Speak up,

If you can,

To prevent this happening to others.

 

We take it for granted,

That men will touch us,

Or say that inappropriate comment,

Now is the time to say no,

And have them really hear it

This is not normal

And it’s not okay.

 

Get a hold of yourself,

To the men who act like this is their right,

You don’t own me.

 

Now is the time to revolt,

Ladies, gents and allies alike,

Let’s stop this.

 

Much more than a simple hashtag,

It is giving a voice to people everywhere,

Who have suffered in silence for too long.

Sweet Relief

Feel everything you need to feel

It’s ok to be broken

You know how this works

You’ve hit a low patch again

It might last for a while

But it won’t be forever.

 

Lying on the floor

Trying to tell yourself you don’t need help

It feels like everything inside is breaking

But tonight it’s ok to be broken

Let the pain fall from your eyes

Scream out the anger you hold within

 

Hiding away in a cocoon

Today is not the day to be social

You need this relief from the dark

Just so you can be normal again

Because right now, you are not okay

But you know you will be again.

Be Nothing

“The only way to avoid criticism is to do nothing, say nothing and be nothing.” (Aristotle)

I was nothing,
Nothing and no-one
A zombie running through the motions of life,
Just to avoid a hard word or look,
Dodging the ‘dropped’ book or slammed door,
I became nothing
So you wouldn’t hurt me anymore,
If I say nothing,
You will have nothing to critique,
Right?

Wrong.
Being nothing hurt me worse than you ever could
Because it seeped through my skin
Until I believed it was true
I really was nothing and no-one
And you attacked me anyway
You always found a way
To leave me with new scars
And now I have to battle myself
To remember I’m more than nothing.

Meek as a mouse,
I shrank into the shadows
Became a ghost of myself
Believing I could escape you
Blaming myself for the words you said
Maybe I really was the problem
If I’m less me, you’ll go away
But that didn’t happen.

I almost faded completely,
Trying to fit into your box
And dilute my own personality,
I became nothing
And was told I would always be nothing
But that’s not true
The moment I gave myself a chance
Was the moment I became more than nothing
A hell of a lot more than you could ever imagine.