Take it as a compliment.
But it's hard to see men jeering at me
In a poorly lit side street as anything less
Than a threat.
They’re just trying to talk to you,
What's the big deal?
The coworker who looks me up and down
And says that I'm looking
Like a ‘whole snack’,
Is trying to talk to me?
Well nothing bad has happened to you,
Tell that to your daughter,
After she has been followed halfway home
By a man she gave a quarter to
For the bus.
A man who only gave up
When she walked fifteen minutes out of her way,
Into the nearest police station instead.
Cali Beasley is a sophomore student at University at Albany studying Political Science with a minor in Creative Writing. She loves to read and write in her spare time.