poem: anything but a woman

I wanna man who
makes me feel like a wom– no, a wom
no, no, a wom-bat,
a wombat!

descended from giants,
champion digger.

He should know
I can tunnel through
make my own way

I want a man who
makes me feel like a babe-
a bab– abab– no, abob,
a bobcat!

a swipe away from wild,
champion climber.

He should know
I was built to rise
claw my own way

I want a man who
makes me feel like a ma’am,

no, a ma’am, no, , mam, ma

a mamba!
a snake!
a mamba snake.

A man who hears my hiss
and whispers back:

I see you.
I walk careful.
You’re safe.



Awhile ago, a friend of mine ran into a guy who told her he wanted a woman who made him feel like a man— and this poem happened after I thought way too much about that sentence, haha!

13 thoughts on “poem: anything but a woman

  1. If he doesn’t by now, he never will. That’s a red flagged, misogyny-soaked statement right there and I hope your friend left him swiftly dumped on the doorstep of the nearest chapter of the NRA with his kin.

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  2. I love this. Stereotypes and gender roles in relationships have always been an issue for me. I am probably now going to think way too much about what kind of majestical animal I want to be 😉



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