#RhymeAndReason: Behind Closed Doors

Cross your legs 
When you sit
You have a reputation 
To keep up with 
You’re a lady 
Show some elegance 
Sure you can stay ove
Everyone knows you are “close friends” 
You’re a good girl 
You know what to do
Find a husband 
With a name and a fortune 
You know what they say
Good girls are the ones who never get caught 
Pull their hair back in a pony
Never smoke or do shots
Mama told you to behave 
And to not mess around with guys 
Now she is asking to pull down your skirt 
And hide the lipstick on your thighs 
Be our human Barbie 
And we will decide your worth 
Always keep that picture perfect smile 
Even if you are broke or hurt
Because you were born to bear pain
You know the stereotype 
You are strong,
you know Still you will need a man to survive
And no one can judge 
If they don’t know 
Make sure you hold hands
Behind closed doors
Hurry, make it stop
Before they suspect 
Make sure it doesn’t beat anymore 
Before you keep it in the closet

This is one of four of the best poems from the just concluded Rhyme & Reason competition

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