Sidewalk Critics

Originally published in the Weal (2017), DeSales University’s literary magazine. 

She keeps her head low
to avoid eye contact
from the strangers walking by.

But she is very aware
of those around her.
They judge her
while she mistrusts them.

They whistle.

Eyes sweep up and down her body,
examining her looks,
her petite size,
that could easily be overtaken.

So she walks faster,
heels click the sidewalk louder.
Her fingers grip the cold metal keys harder.

She unlocks the door.

Inside of her car,
her muscles relax.
She finally…

exhales.

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