Creative Writing

Men are depicted as strong, But it is women who have to be stronger.

Cold draft

Metal sideboards

A green view

Wooden table oddly placed

A couple of chairs short

too little space

“there’s loads of big rough rugby men in there”

Panic, fear, and a ‘gulp’ feeling

Time passes, friendships made

Fake and forced

nothing in common

Nights wasted away

Health thrown out the window,

Personality faded

Metamorphosis gone backwards

Half a life amongst half lives

Progression and growth but only out of this suffering

How can one’s own perception of themselves suddenly come second to others

Men and men and men and men

Undermining my rights,

Yet only a means to an end

The means being the ability to get along with the class,

To get through the toxic environment

And one day remove the mask.

To be thine self and not shrink to their size

To have boundaries and space to grow

Surrounded by women and lovers and beautiful souls

To not have to fight for the right to be heard

To feel free to fly like a bird

The kind that I saw out that tiny slim window,

that held the key to the world if only it opened

That tiny room where I lived for six months was supposed to be a space to develop

And it was, just wasn’t what I expected

There is purpose in it all and I am sure beauty in all men,

I just wish this growth didn’t have to include pain

Men are depicted as strong,

But it is women who have to be stronger.


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01/03/2022

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Bea Sleigh-Johnson



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