You Can Call Me a Tough Cookie, But It Really Doesn’t Matter

by Midnight Moon
Wild Poetry Forum
Honorable Mention, October 2018
Judged by Jeanette Beebe


I’m not from here
I learned how to fight
I can make you sorry

You think it’s OK to treat me like that
I’m a lot smarter than you
You attack me, you use sex as a way

To injure me
But I’m gonna
show you I learned tough things

On tough streets
you ain’t never been to
you will cry

Because where I come from
I’m not alone, and
when somebody shows their hatred for me

Through the Gentle Thing,
the Love Thing,
and then they’re violent

And hypocritical
I am far more powerful
than you could dream

With your slow twisted mind
lying to yourself
about how you’re OK

I’m somebody who’s not alone.



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