The Fear I am Born With

I'm afraid to walk down a street

or into a gas station to pay for my gas.

I swing my keys and prepare for a battle

just to go and grab a coffee.

The fear that lies within every girl

from pigtails to high heels

we live in a world of discrimination

A world where girls are brought up in fear

Don't talk to strangers every kid eventually hears

but only girls hear the occasional

don't make eye contact, don't say hello

because in our society

it's no longer taken as a kind gesture.

We don't want to send the wrong message.

It's not that we're defensive or rude in anyway

but when you offer or ask for a number

We don't know what to say.

I don't know who you are or what you're thinking.

and how can I answer while avoiding any trouble.

I'm so tired of not being able to speak

or walk in a country that is occupied by freedom.

Us women live in a world with chains around our hands

because we are restricted

by the 'mixed signals' of our generation.

I keep walking with my keys swinging in the wind

I look straight ahead and don't make any eye contact.

It would be nice to be nice and say hello

or to be able to ask how your day was

but only you would know

the things you are capable of

so I just assume the worst

because the only thing I know

is that I live in a world of discrimination

and fear that continues to grow.


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