Wednesday, June 28, 2017


They’re Killing Our Girls

They’re killing our girls
in homes
at schools
with knives and guns
and beatings.

They’re killing our girls
at rock concerts
with bombs full of bolts and screws.

They’re killing our girls
stealing them on their way to school
locking them in marriage
and pregnancy
and then slitting their throats.

They’re killing our girls
telling them what to wear
what to eat
how to look
what to say
where they can and cannot go.

They’re killing our girls
for saying no
for saying yes
for speaking at all.

While we shake our heads
and wring our hands
and wonder about the lone wolf
who shoots up the school
who blows up the church
trying to figure out why

these men murder
paint them as unique or deranged
remember they have always
been targeting
and hunting
and killing our girls.

--Ally Malinenko 

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