*trigger warning: references to death, guns, murder, abuse, police brutality, and violence

graphic by Amanda Leutmixay

A boy in a hoodie eating Skittles on the way home
gives you the jitters.

But the news reports on cold-blooded murders?
Those you’ve long been numbed to.

Kill the young trans girl-
who knows what kind of monster she’ll transform into next?

Shoot the woman playing with her nephew.
How dare she be seen in her own backyard

Gun down the children,
so they don’t have to run from the monsters

Blow up the streets,
so when the monsters break into your house, you’ll be long gone

Wipe the blood off your forehead,
It’s okay – every home houses its own nightmares

Live with him anyway,
because no one’s going to believe you

Don’t try to speak up,
your melanin does the talking for you

Cover yourself up, blend into the walls.
You’re never safe in your own skin

Arm yourself with pepper spray,
lest the ink of the night pull you in

Hold your purse close, your head low
Stay in the shadows

The monsters under your bed
Wouldn’t stand a chance against the ones in your head

Because these ones don’t scream “boo”
before they come for you.


National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE

National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Stop it Now! 1-888-PREVENT

Suicide Hotline 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) // 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-827-7571

LGBTQIA+ Helpline: 1-800-398-GAYS

Gay and Lesbian National Hotline 1-888-843-4564

Trevor Hotline (Suicide) 1-866-4-U-TREVOR

GriefShare 1-800-395-5755


A 2nd-year Communications major trying to squeeze in minors in English and Cognitive Science, Ayushee is a meme-enthusiast who firmly believes that pineapple belongs on pizza and that dark chocolate is the universal cure to a bad day.

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