Boys & Girls

by Sylvie Baumgartel

Sylvie Baumgartel

Sometimes when I get
My period,
I wake up & my bed
Is a massacre.
It looks like I played
A game of hunter & prey
All night long.
& I did.
What are little girls for?
My brother was a king
In a cereal-box crown.

This is what
Little girls are for.

Patriarchy thrives inside me.

If an elephant is tied
With a rope as a baby,
You can tie it with
Thread as an adult
& it won’t go anywhere.

Last updated November 08, 2022