Quotidian 
LBelans 2019/2021

When he enters the lift
when alone on a street
when he pulls up beside you
and gestures
then shouts

                          breath escapes

 

When the path is unlit
when the stock room is empty
when alone
in garage
in the dark

                         heart rhythm shifts

 

When your boss gets too close
when the Uber guy flirts
when the man won’t stop staring
and smiles
                           fear rises

 

When you sense him
behind you
when workmen remain
when coach hugs
too often
too tight
                         sweat drips

 

When he touches your leg
when he calls you honey
when he compliments
body
not brain
                           anger rises

 

When he grabs your breast
insists you want it
makes himself hard
makes threats
                           feeling stops

                 *****           

Scan ahead
sternum straight
stride long
lengthen gait

 

Loudly sing
briskly walk
summon courage
dial friend and talk

 

Keep on moving
exhale calm
cue 911
place keys in palm

 

Pick up pace
say No out loud
cross the street
merge with crowd

 

Speed up
Throw up
Rise up
Power through

 

A day
in the life
for every
Me Too