To the men who wear
Their dicks between their shoulders
Instead of their legs,
I caught you.
After that football match in Islington
You scarf-spanked a stranger’s ass without her approval
Expecting to blame the animal crowd for your wild urges
When I snarled at you.
In Morden you told your drinking partners
She’d be your second, third, fourth and fifth wife
Believing the night will cover your optic cheating
Like the bedsheets cover your wife from other men cheating on you.
That night after Notting Hill Carnival
All 6 of you tried to separate the chaff of me and my grown woman friends
From the grain of our underage girl friend
Just ‘cause you fancied some wheat-coloured meat.
In Dalston, shooting down the road on your bike
Your mouth fired,
“She looks like 21 magic mushrooms on the go fam!”
Yes. Women look daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayum good.
Yes. They may want to show some skin sometimes.
Yes. You are male.
(Men is debatable)
No. You don’t have permission to stare when she’s avoiding eye contact.
No. You don’t have permission to ask for her number when she’s on the phone.
No. You don’t have permission to touch.
Save your hands for when you get home
Don’t invite me to your garden.
I don’t wanna know how you ride your bikes like a pair of bitches,
How the white one’s easy & the black one gives you drama
And forget how you treat one better than the other.
If I had your vision,
If I were able to look at the opposite sex
And see inanimate frames to be
Bought, used, worn out, pawned off
We might deal each other eye-to-eye
But I’m not that business-minded.
You need to crucify your eyes,
Bury them in 3 days of heart, brains
And the balls to doubt traditional gender roles
Then resurrect in the dawn of 20/20 vision.
Otherwise you’ll make me look bad.
Just because I’m one of you doesn’t make me one of you.
You can be blicker than Wesley Snipes
Or hwit as Stephen Thompson,
Women will still confuse me for you.
I won’t put up with that.
Masculinity is mine for the making,
I am a conscientious objector
To your battle of the sexes.
I measure manhood
By how far you further your mind
Not by the one to twelve inches between your legs.
I call them
Not bitch, ho, bird, chick, slash, ting
Or any name that equally applies to non-humans.
When those carrier pigeons of misogyny fly from your lips
I will load my sniper rifle mouth with words of basic human dignity,
Shoot the nest in your skull that birthed those vermins
And then declare Open Season on all you fools.
You have been warned.
© One Tawny Stranger, September 2015