poor girls learn early

you have to develop a hard face

when you live in a tough place

or they will eat you alive

be seen as prey easy meat

is why on any day

folk pose in the streets

showing out

rolling those shoulders

pushing that hard face to the world

poor girls learn early

looking mean gets you breathing space

act like the world is watching them

because it is they deal with that every day

the watchers looking for who is who

in the pecking order

of who can be sinned against

& who they can sin to

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