daddy issues (they laugh)

daddy issues

they laugh

a chorus of men

making excuses

for men

wounded men

lost boys

but excuses

excuses

excuses

for men

all the same

when she puts out

‘too soon’

minimise her needs

reduce her to shame

daddy issues

they smirk

a chorus of men

and women

making excuses

for men

resentful men

injured boys

but excuses

excuses

excuses

for men

all the same

when she waits and you sigh:

‘relax, you’re so uptight’

minimise her needs

reduce her to shame

daddy issues

we joke

our chorus of men

and women

and girls

and boys

making excuses

for men

unconscious men

sad men

but excuses

excuses

excuses

for men

all the same

when she stays

when she leaves

when she reveals

when she hides

when she ‘runs cold’

when she cries

daddy issues

with a roll of our eyes

daddy issues

easy dismissal

of wants and desires

daddy issues

to dehumanise

daddy issues

we cry

when we’re too afraid

to cast our gaze inside:

scared to find

a lazy label

condemning her

suffocating her -


and her right to decide

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