In the months after your departure,
-heart wrenching for some, an exhale
of air after holding it in for too long
for me- I’ve been trying to crack you
open, like a mystery box, to discover the
unknown nature of your charms, compelling.
Were you appealing because you listened
to us? You listened to our low voices in a
society where we were belittled and silenced
Coerced into leaving our sense of self behind
and following the norm, what is acceptable.
I saw right through you.
You planned this elaborate scheme and I
almost fell for it, I almost fell for your greedy
hands, promising approval, understanding,
a confidant like no other.
Making us think we were too mature for our age,
when we were just silly, innocent girls
craving recognition, just like any other,
wanting to be seen.
You fooled us into believing that you truly saw
us, but I noticed the way you looked at them,
They weren’t being seen in the way they
They were being looked at like just another
piece of meat.
You unclothed them with your filthy eyes.
Don’t you have any shame?
You even had the audacity to appear shocked,
even angry, when us, the ones that realized the wicked,
twisted game you were playing with them, gave you
the cold shoulder. We weren’t the stupid girls you
thought we were.
And all this time, I have blamed myself for not realizing
sooner, and when seeing what was really going on,
not speaking up.
And yes, I regret that, but I won’t give you the pleasure
of blaming anyone other than yourself,
of blaming myself.
After all, I wasn’t the one that looked and
touched them in inappropriate ways,
I wasn’t the one that whispered in their ears
drunk out of his mind,
And I wasn’t the one that earned their trust,
just to groom them.
In that story, I wasn’t the predator,
that titled belonged -and still does-
He was supposed to educate us. Instead, he made us tremble in fear.