#NaPoWriMo Day 11 – The Trouble With Arrogance



The trouble with arrogance
is that it’s so hard to avoid

Scream as loud as you want to,
but not at me,
or anyone

Keep insisting
you know me
by assuming,
guessing, digging into
my scalp

You will never be under this skin
You don’t fit in here
There’s no room for a maelstrom
in a stormy sea

I wasn’t aware of a thought process
so warped that every word
out of a woman’s mouth,
every drop of pain or
passionate pondering
falling from lips
or gnawed fingertips,
is yours to sexualize,
until you proved otherwise

The trouble with telling you this
is that I know you’ll recall
a twisted version of it to someone
and I can hear the conceit in their voice
as they nod and agree with you

I shout a warning
that no one hears
because it’s always
an overreaction
in an abusive person’s mind

I won’t fall victim

Not this time


© Jennifer Patino (2016)

2 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo Day 11 – The Trouble With Arrogance

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  1. Nicely done. You can't change an arrogant person but you can change how you react.

    By the way, are you familiar with the blog “imaginary garden with real toads”? They have an open share on Tuesdays and this would be cool to share (in my opinion).


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