Hyperbole


by Skye Wilson


 

You’re right – women always exaggerate.

My best friend has

never really

been followed home,

just had to crouch

behind a bush, while bike wheels

rattled past and past again, and her dying

phone tried desperately to call her mother.

 

I stumbled out of my own bedroom,

all mascara and swelling and fists

of blood and tangled hair.

I sat between the table and the wall

tried to whisper that I’d told him

no,

instead wrapped myself in guilty silence.

 

Every woman I know who says they have not

been assaulted follows up this statement

with exceptions: nightclubs and buses and places

of work – once, startlingly casual, a man grabbed

my tit, and I kept serving pints as his blunt hand

burned above my heart. But I am out of patience now,

 

though too young to be so wise to this.

A man thrust his hand into my friend’s bra

so I punched him in the face and walked her home,

knowing this response could get me killed,

just like I could die from every flinch or middle finger

at a cat caller or man who wants a kiss. As you say

though, I’m probably overstating it.

 


 

Skye Wilson is a glittery, rugby-playing feminist from Scotland. She is working towards an MSc in Creative Writing at Edinburgh University, and is most recently published in Spoken Word Scratch Night Zine in Paris, and forthcoming in From Arthur’s Seat. She is extremely bisexual. Skye loves ugly shirts, and poems about hope, fear, and belonging. Her pronouns are she/her.