I Miss You

My tears sparkle atop the Philippine Sea;
the light contrasts your dark eyes.
I miss you;
your gentle kiss.
The sun caresses my lips;
I stare at our empty bed.
I miss you;
your warm smile.
My skin burns to feel your gentle touch;
my tears sting.
I miss you.

It’s not okay…

Beaten by words of hate,
Men, women;
feminists, misogynists;
black or white;
they unite.
We learn our inferior place—remain silent;
never outshine our oppressors.
Hollow tolerance—so grateful.
Make them laugh;
keep our tears hidden.
Raped and murdered by hate.
Thrown from towers—we’ll burn in hell;
it’s what we deserve.
God forgive them; He created us this way.