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Updated: Aug 4, 2022

I made mud pies

and climbed trees

but there was always pink

Barbie and Princess dresses

No safety in the feminine

No safety in the pink

Pink that I was expected to be

You have brothers – they said

They will protect you

Pink never protects you

I went to my brother when

The man renting a room in our house

Made me pull down my pink panties

I went to my brother

When my mother’s boyfriend held me

Against the kitchen wall

I couldn’t find the power in myself

Men - they would hurt me

Men - they would protect me

I was simply there

In pink


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