Fight

“Stop” I hiss
As my teeth sink into her shoulder
A moment before her nails sunk into my skin
“Don’t fight fire with fire”
I don’t want to stand there burning
If violence isn’t the answer
Neither is pacifism
Teach boys not to rape
Teach girls not to bite, scratch, punch, or pull
Teach to fight back
If I learned to fight back
Life would be so much easier
I wouldn’t question every step I take
Nor the words that seem to stumble in streams

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