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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