capitalism | coming-of-age | a coin for a body | a protest poem against vampires

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not enough experience

I have so much e x p e r i e n c e

it would make you choke

*

timelines intersect

timelines coexist

timelines lie on top of each other

scent on scent

tracechaos

*

I cannot trust a gatekeeperworld

*

I’m in my teens

and I’m told

shave it all off

look older and younger at the same time

and I look everywhere

around me

I can’t see old women

do women not grow old?

and I shave and shave and shave

show the flesh that everyone wants to see

before nothing of me matters anymore

and disappears

into the man-built hole for women

coming-of-age

*

shave, girls, polish, girls, smell nice, girls,

moisturise, girls, shower, shower, girls,

brush, pluck, wax, diet, girls, fashion show, fast, girls,

curvy-skinny, girls, extremes, girls, balance, girls,

dye, girls, spend money, girls, not on food, girls,

on products and magazines that blow out your candle, girls,

make-up, girls, hair, girls, skin, girls, clothes, girls, body, girls,

I never saw my hours of self-exploitative work

reflected in my male counterparts.

*

he puts his hands on my body

and screams profit, profit, profit

*

he puts his hand on my neck

and keeps me full-time below the poverty line

*

and tells me “you’re free to go”

*

it’s not a free choice when you depend on it

*

he uses my body

to make his dream come true

*

he underestimates

what his actions

have provoked within me

*

and when he discovered

that the doll he exploited

had a mouth that spoke up against him

he looked for the closest dumpster

to discard her in

*

I will find a new one

*

his dream come true

*

people walk in and out

and buy the lie

it’s so comfortable, isn’t it?

*

you’re doing something good, aren’t you?

*

how can you, with your eyes closed?

*

ethical to whom?

*

I’m always suspicious

when I’m better than you all

is used as an advertisement

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show me your actions

not your statements

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they wear white vests

to hide their corrupted dying hearts

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