To open one’s mouth
to dispute a thing
is risky enough

To do so
as a woman
as a brown woman

as a woman of no
acknowledged consequence
is to open oneself again

to a history of wounding
& reprimand Of being told
it’s wrong of you

to point out
you’ve been wronged
It’s being told you

shouldn’t be so
childish You should know
and stay in your place

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