I. Galvanized iron, Jane –
that’s what you are,
impervious to sea foam spray.
So hold your head high
and batten down the hatches
torn open from within.
The rust peels off
then flowers will dance in shadows

II. Don’t fret
the last note fading
with the marching band.
Confetti rained for
you, too,
in dazzling, morendo cascades
despite those “boys who will be boys.”
So stand tall and
hold steady;
their requital awaits.

Based on R. Draper’s NYT Article: The Military’s Rough Justice on Sexual Assault, inspired by Time Magazine: Female Veteran Shamed for Parking in Veterans-Only Spot, and dedicated to “J.”

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