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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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


Her space and confidence

Fracturing her trust in those around


What gave you the right to snicker


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

- - -

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.

Submitted: July 12, 2019

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Well said, Revverie. It was really helpful to know what inspired it, although it was clearly some kind of abuse.

Fri, July 12th, 2019 7:55pm


Perhaps so, I'm never sure when to use the correct terms. But hearing things like that one the news and similar things happening to me is nothing in comparison to it happening for a friend I truly care about. Thank you for your comment :)

Fri, July 12th, 2019 1:40pm

Christy Writes

I would've been furious if this happened to one of my friends! Leave it to some people to not know how to act and ruin your night. But it's great that you defended your friend, even if you had to slap him, at least he learned his lesson and left you alone.

Tue, July 16th, 2019 2:51pm


I wish people were more aware of their actions and the impacts on their surroundings... He wasn't going to hurt her or anything but I just don't understand why the motivation behind it. I was more worried about the impact on my friend rather than the man himself.

Wed, July 17th, 2019 7:31am

Lee Renard

Finally checking out your work because I am a major procrastinator. I really love this one! Those first two stanzas are my favorite for sure. On numerous occasions when I have rejected or ignored the advances of men I have been made to feel unsafe. We need to stop the sense of entitlement men seem to think they have to a woman's body.

Tue, July 30th, 2019 4:35am


Haha thank you very much! And I completely agree with you, this objectification of people, not just women, is something that belongs in the past.

Wed, July 31st, 2019 5:22am


thank you for looking out for someone other than yourself -- many wouldn't

Tue, August 27th, 2019 10:53pm


Many might not know what to do but I definitely encourage them to still step up

Thu, August 29th, 2019 6:01am


Loved it.

Wed, September 2nd, 2020 5:16am

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