these are the stories of the city -
the stories the soil absorbed.
the stories buried in the courtroom -
with the culprit absolved.
these are the exchanges in the streets,
the exchanges in the homes.
the exchanges everywhere -
with no requirement to atone.
these are the truths hidden behind
the glass doors that are locked to preserve
the glass ceiling which remains unbreakable
with survivors watching their evidence burned.
these are the incarcerated words in
the body of a woman.
the body of a nation
with women anticipating their turn.