Run Like a Girl

If I could run like a man
I wouldn’t have to worry
about finishing in a ditch

If I could run like a man
I wouldn’t be told to carry
pepper spray or mace

If I could run like a man
headlines about missing women 
wouldn’t be flashing through my mind

But I run like a girl,
close to home
never in the dark

I run like a girl
without a ponytail that could be grabbed
keeping my clothes, like my fear, not too tight


Blood Coming Out of Her Wherever 

[Found poem of phrases in various news stories by the former president of the U.S.]

Nobody has more respect for women than I do. Nobody. Nobody has more respect.
when you’re a star, they let you do it, you can do anything… grab them by the pussy
you could see there was blood coming out of her eyes. Blood coming out of her wherever
this was not an angel, this woman, okay?
horseface face of a pig Miss Piggy fat ugly face
that dog the face of a dog
low IQ bleeding badly from a facelift
bad plastic surgery and nasty statements
sadly, she’s no longer a 10
a person who is flat-chested is very hard to be a 10
I fully understand why her former husband left her for a man — he made a good decision. such a nasty woman
look at that face! would anyone vote for that? can you imagine that, the face of our next president?
she doesn’t have the look
extremely low IQ
crazed, crying lowlife
you've got to deny, deny, deny, and push back on these women
you've got to deny anything that's said about you. never admit
No. 1, she’s not my type. No 2, it never happened
believe me, she would not be my first choice
check out her Facebook page, you’ll understand
lock her up

About the author:

Kim Horner is the author of Probably Someday Cancer: Genetic Risk and Preventative Mastectomy (The University of North Texas Press, 2019). Her work has appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Seventeen, Minnow Literary Magazine, 805, and Parhelion. She has an MFA in creative writing from The University of Arkansas at Monticello. @kimhorner

Header Photo by imtmphoto.

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