Black Widow

we compare women to black widows, biting villains capable of ending lives

breaking hearts and tearing through flesh

like venomous desert vipers

showing no mercy
we call our ships “she”

our war machines “women”

nuclear bombs able to detonate and

destroy a miniature world,

totally obliterate a country

that was to serve no better fate
and you tell me it is not “lady-like”

to scream and fight and demand for rights

and to be treated like the goddess I am

when you have been so in awe

of the deadly creatures that skitter and slither

in the night

when you have been so in awe

of machines that can travel the seven seas

or end a battle in a war, bloody and smoking

or annihilate all that the enemy has ever known

that you could only name them after someone like me
I’ll show you the power behind “she”

by Courtney

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