#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 30 : “These Girls”

These Girls

the first time a β€œme too”
was whispered as a
secret was on a bus
in middle school

that girl cringes at
every hashtag that
tears open old wounds

that girl

tries to erase herself
in the park after dark
just three yards away
from where that one

girl was stabbed

these girls

blend in with
all the other girls

their names trend for
awhile, in small town
cafeterias, in snippets
of newspaper clippings,

on filthy mall stall walls,
in comic sans font
on an AOL chatbox,
on everyone’s addicted


these girls

are sacrificial victims
over and over again,
and the ego gods are never

pleased or appeased, the ones
invoking names for
change or smearing
them around for revenge,

or maliciously weaponizing
them, desecrating that
sacred first utterance
to gain personal popularity

damn them

these girls are painted
as liars, attention-
seekers, whiners,
filtered blasphemers, tainters

lumped in with statistics
that never applied to them
before a hellmouth
swallowed them

these girls refrain
from screaming,
from wanting

to damage
all electronic

from feeling,
from dreaming

these girls want
the wringer
to release them

these girls want
their freedom
to keep silent back

That’s a wrap on another #NaPoWriMo! It’s been an awesome month for me writing wise. I’ve changed up some things about my process, tore through some personal barriers that were holding me back, got some rejections, got some acceptances, & wrote a new piece every day. (Sometimes more than one piece.) I’m taking a little time off this weekend to recharge.

It’s getting hot here so my body’s revolting against me. It’ll be the slow season for me so any work I do manage to accomplish will be treated as a personal miracle.

I’ve got some cool news. πŸ™‚ I’m officially a member of the WolfPack Team over at Fevers of the Mind. I’m really excited about this after being a big fan of the work featured on there. It’s definitely an honor to be a part of such a cool group of writers.

I’ll be sure & post a personal update soon. There’s a lot going on & being so focused on writing has given me a good outlet for handling everything in life right now. It’s good to keep busy. For me it’s often better to rest. So that I will do, probably until Tuesday.

It’s been awesome reading all of your poetry this month too. I read a lot on WordPress, various online lit mags, & a few in print collections written by friends. See you all in October for #OctPoWriMo! (Don’t worry, I’ll still be writing poetry & sharing it here & will still be reading your work until then too. πŸ™‚ )

Published by Jennifer Patino


19 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day 30 : “These Girls”

  1. You aren’t slowly walking to April’s finish line … this is a powerful poem to end the month of your daily posts. I’ve enjoyed your writing. Congrats on the month’s accomplishment, and for becoming a member of the Wolfpack Team! I hope you enjoy your well-deserved rest πŸ™‚

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  2. πŸ™πŸ’™ I’m so happy for you with your achievements in writing this year. So many more people need to know your name. This poem is a gut-punch and a killer way to end NaPoWriMo.

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  3. And Jennifer’s going out with a spectacular bang! Really, it was great to find you this month and to read your poems. I find your poetic style interesting- haunting, with that quiet eeriness that slowly creeps up your spine without you realising and then it suddenly dawns upon you what the fuck just happened and you freak out (in a good way, of course. :D).
    Kudos to you for that 30/30 score. And congratulations on your acceptances, rejections (because without them there are no acceptances), and on joining that Wolf Pack team!

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  4. Arwooooo! This all sounds very interesting. Love that you have been experimenting and finding new ways forward, all very fitting for the season! Hopefully the weather is kinder than anticipated and you can keep on writing.

    Congratulations on everything, as others have said you need to spread your poetry far n wide so many more can discover “the Patino effect” πŸ₯°

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    1. I can only imagine what the Patino effect would entail. Haha πŸ’™ I’m battling with the heat but winning right now I think. Good moments/bad moments. Thanks so much for all the love! πŸ™β™₯️


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