Shut it (and other words)
Ever felt like you’ve been punched by words
like your father, mother, brother, you’re whoever-
who once spoke harsh to you in the past
stood right there before you in another’s shoes.
They tell you, will swear to you even
that it was said in fun, for goodness sake
you’re too sensitive, too defensive
as you feel yourself winded by the blow,
you’ll want to blow them back down
watch them fall- now that you can.
Then they can say from behind cupped hands
that it’s probably just your time of the month.