What horrors suffered

At the rough hands of rich men

That don’t have a price?


Benefit your cause

To join in chorus with women

Seeking a payout?


Public outrage dies

When violations value

Settled in private.


None swing at gallows

Lessons neither taught nor learned

Wealthy beyond reach.


So what to teach her,

What words, mother to daughter,

Keep little girls safe?


If men assault you

Or molest, touch, harass you,

You should name a price?


Fuck that for a rule:

Who touches wife or daughter

Lamb to my slaughter.


Pay to remember:

Though she’s young, dumb and pretty

Beware father’s enmity.



Erik Kaisson, 2017

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