Where The Wild Things Live

my newsfeed
is an endless stream
of politics
opinion pieces
and poetry

I untangle myself
from the hot messes and
Buzzfeed banter
only to get tangled up again
in the comments section
below –

where the wild things live
alongside racism and xenophobia
and the policing of women’s bodies
shaming and ridiculing
until I feel dirty looking at the words
on my screen

it’s as if
they can see me
sitting on the couch
slurping wine from a coffee cup
shoving m&ms into my mouth
staining my lips a mix of red and blue

(because I’ve always been suspicious
of the yellow and green ones

while they tear me down
piece by piece
champions of humanity
hiding behind their keyboards
hunched over the monitor
one finger hovering over
the enter key
for just a second
before they send off their vitriol

excited
by the constant flow
of verbal incontinence
that projects from their mouths

they lick their lips saucily
removing their hands
from inside their jeans to
wipe the sweat off their brow
eagerly awaiting their next target
to dare step into their cyber space –

discussing topics that don’t concern them
like the fact that abortions are still illegal
and tampons are too expensive
because if a woman talks about sex openly
she is a slut

but if her vagina is used for anything
other than a resting place for their lumpy cock
well they just don’t want to hear about that

my newsfeed
is an endless stream
of gender roles and Nice Guys™
people who would prefer me to
sit still and look pretty prefer me to
meet their impossible standards
who want to govern my being
telling me how to think and feel…

they are the wild things
and this is where they live
sitting in a basement
with their WiFi connection
making me feel dirty
tearing me down
bit by bit
until I log off
in a flourish of anger

only to log back in an hour later
to do it all again

Raelee Lancaster

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