What You Said To Me Instead





strong girls like you must be

the world’s loneliest creatures

your silences, their own wilderness

where the men

come with promises that they will be

the one that gets you to stay.

big-shouldered boys who will melt

their bones down into currency

and will want to conquer you but

never claim.

you are the girl they chase

not because they actually want you

but to prove that they can catch you.

what they haven’t learned

are all the times you’ve broken your own heart

on their behalf, those clumsy hunters

who never know the right sequence of words

to do the job properly


Safia Elhillo 

(Source: someonesomewhere46)


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