a note to all the girls who have been told they are too much

that they dream too big

that they choose themselves

like it’s a bad thing

they told me that too

he did and he did and he did

and i thought they were right

until i looked in their eyes

and i saw fear 

not wisdom

i saw smallness 

not strength

and they couldn’t hold my gaze

medusa, they say

could turn men to stone

i hope you do one better

i hope you turn them to pebbles

like their smallness 

and their fear 

and their cold expectation 

that you will stay quiet

and then they can tell you about your muchness

like it’s a bad thing

and you will fill the sky 

and they’ll be pebbles

on the ground

forced to look nowhere but up

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