what I didn’t know

I’m a young girl
I am naked
I am free
I am by the roadside
I’m standing
In a field of flowers
My parents snap my picture
They think it’s cute
Probably tell me
To smile.

I’m 22
I’m a woman
I am naked waist down
I am not free
I am pushed up
Against my car
In the parking lot
Of my employment.

My parents are not here
To take my photo
Or to protect me
This is not a field of flowers
This is rape
This is the reality
Of so many women.

Raped in a parking lot
Naked from the waist down
At age 22
Once a young girl
In a field of flowers
Naked and free.

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