Poetry Monday: Women Have Mantrums Too

We had boxes for Go-Go dancers
On the dancefloor

Some girls would climb up to dance
I told them, to avoid liability issues,
To get down

They put their hand out
For me to help them down
I walked away

They yelled at me in Spanish

They climbed on the box
On their own
They can get down on their own

I treated them the same
As I treated the men


Women have yelled at me
For opening doors
Saying they’re not weak
They can do it themselves

I hold doors for men too

I’m just being polite
And respectful

From the poetry collection Men Are Garbage.