What Gave You the Right

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: True Confessions  |  House: Booksie Classic
A way to channel anger. I've included context below for anyone interested.
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Submitted: July 12, 2019

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What gave you the right to touch her

To scare her

Fear running down her back

Anxiety tightening her throat

 

What gave you the right to invade

Splintering

Her space and confidence

Fracturing her trust in those around

 

What gave you the right to snicker

Drunkenly

Like this was just a game

All to be forgotten by morning

 

I've written this poem for you

I'm angry

That you thought you could reach

Past your seat, past the railing, to her

 

And just like the pattern

Of these phrases

I hope you stop yours

And learn

Bloody learn

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This happened a short while ago but I still want to address it. My friends and I had looked forward to a concert for several months and the closer the date was approaching, the bigger our smiles became. The concert was in a vast place and everyone enjoyed it immensely.
That is until my friend told me that a man behind her was continuously pouring beer on her and touching her. I hadn't seen what happened at first so I kept an eye on her, although in hindsight I should have immediately switched seats with her. Her and the people around him had asked him to stop but he wouldn't.
About to reach out again to her, I intervened, telling him firmly to stop. He laughed and went back to watching the concert but I was still distrustful so part of my attention was still on him. When he thought I wasn't looking, he reached out again. I don't know what came over me, but I felt this anger suddenly rising and I lashed out, slapping his arm. Although he got up and left, I know that going against aggression with aggression isn't a pragmatic way to deal with things, but please watch out for each other.


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