Unphased

You think I’m afraid?
I am brazen.
I will not falter
to walk the walk
of
“she was so young”
“it was so fast”
I am unafraid
to be
that woman.
Words can cut their throats
but they will not
stutter mine.
I am unabashed
by the risk
of
whiplash.
“She wasn’t thinking”
“She never does”
Hot
Cold
Up
Down.
I won’t hesitate
to hold my hand down
on the gas ring
flames burning
skin licking
I won’t
shy away
from the heat
of that
moment.

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