Objectify

*Could also be called “Things Girls Learn in Youth Group.” And as strange as it is, all of the metaphors are things that were actually said.

The world outside the churchyard
Objectifies women
They said,
Inside
I was
Safe

You’re a flower blooming
A pearl kept under lock and key
A gift with Future Husband’s name on it
(But you’re not an object)

The world outside the churchyard
Degrades women
They said,
Inside
I was
Safe

You’re soiled snow
A candy bar that was licked
A white sheet rolled in the mud
(But you’re not an object)

The world outside the churchyard
Devalues women
They said,
Inside
I was
Safe

You’re a used stick of gum
Duct tape that can no longer cling
A glass of water some boy has spit in
(But you’re not an object)

The world outside the churchyard
Sexualizes women
They said,
Inside
I was
Safe

You’re forbidden fruit
The bate at the end of a fishing line
A bare shoulder that shouldn’t be showing
(But you’re not an object)

The world inside the churchyard
Objectifies women
I say,
Inside
I wasn’t
Safe

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