a poem i wrote about approval and appraisal


approval + appraisal

Women are reduced to body parts

To pick apart.

Men are reduced to bank accounts

To count.


Love has no room in this arrangement

Derange worth in insecure spurts

Of cocky make believe confidence

Butts sticking out for approval

Wads of cash are thrown for appraisal


Empty conversation where a nod is a notice to fuck

Personal pain where a story becomes 20 more in tears

Bathroom conceal women’s unloved confessions

And men’s confused restrictions


Love has room in this arrangement

Tasty truth spills out of pores and mouths

Broken dreams and childhood steams to surface

Giving reasons for butts sticking out for appreciation

Giving realities for cash being thrown for celebration


Poem is from Narcissism, Notes & Numinous