be quiet. be quiet.
i told you –
you are weird. you are ugly. you are strange.
be normal. be pretty. be happy.
always be nice. always say thank- you, even if you
aren’t grateful, especially if you aren’t grateful.
take it – you deserve it – you are a feral thing.
don’t act like an animal. act like a good girl.
act like a good girl.
marry well. marry wealth. marry a man.
money is important. power is important. love is irrelevant.
he yells? so did mine.
he hits? so did mine.
you deserve to be choked –
you are making me mad –
you did this to me –
i should die if I’m lying.
i have friends, you don’t.
i am right, you aren’t.
be like me – perpetual victim.
Katharine Love is a psychotherapist and poet. Her poems have been featured in several anthologies. Katharine has just finished her first book, a memoir called ‘The Lesbian Chronicles’.