little girls should be seen, and never heard.
at least, that's what people always told me
and frankly, it's kind of absurd
that we are living in the twenty-first century,
but little girls like me think their hands
need to be for holding dolls and sipping tea
are taught to say sorry when they're being damned
and blush instead of speaking their minds
somehow their silence turns into a yes, and I can't understand
how you can just blur all the lines
and say she should have just said no
when it was you who taught her to hide her cries.
so teach little girls that fireflies were made to glow.
and the next time a man tries to lay his paws on her hips
make sure that she knows
that her tiny hands still know how to make fists,
and her little voice still knows how to roar.