When Did We Learn That It’s A Man’s World?

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Man’s World

By Carli Darlene Trujillo

When did we learn

to hide our desires,

keeping them inside ourselves

like coke in a cough drop?

When did we learn

the word no

is a debate sparkler,

even when commanded?

When did we learn

lipstick on our teeth

is a mark of failure?

I’m tall, so you can wear heels?

I’m big, so you can feel small?

Shove it.

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