No means no

No means no

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For the girl, who screamed No
Till her voice was hoarse-
From yelling,
From screaming,
Pleading- for them to stop.

And her blood stained clothes,
Weren’t evidence enough;
And the length,
Of her skirt-
Was brought into question.

For the girl turned down,
By those who swore to protect her-
Cause good girls,
Aren’t out,
At such time of the night.

For the girl whose strength was burnt,
With one statement to the ground;
Did you resist,
I said No.
Well, is that all you said, No?

For the girl who built her world,
From the rubbles of the past,
Born from anger,
Fuelled with pain,
Watered with hope in order to say-

To the girl, who screams No,
And is told, It isn’t enough.
No means No,
It is enough.

In response to the daily prompt- Resist

The above image is courtesy ofย Sos safety magazine

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33 thoughts on “No means no

      1. Yes, you guys are giving it a work out, have some mercy! LOL! I am a tad bit afraid though that its not going to get any easier with the rest of Colin’s story about Odessa!

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  1. Your poem is so relatable in these times of physical abuse and violence towards women. Often, it is the victim who has to justify her appearance and actions as if she is the one whose conduct is questionable.

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