Awake

I hate when people

Point out the

Pain in someone’s

Speech or writing

And use it as a reason

To discredit it–

It’s “emotional”

It’s “heated”

It’s “brash”

Basically it’s too

“Female” in some way

Pain is not

Gendered and

It should be seen as

Proof, instead of

Just another thing

To barter with

Or dismiss

In order to stay

Positive and aloof

Hysterical is

Not a good word and

Feeling pain

Doesn’t make you weak,

It makes you

Awake


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