I’m Not Your Zebra

I’m not your zebra.

I don’t want you to chase me

to show your devotion.

I’m not your lioness.

You don’t need to pursue me

across the plains

to demonstrate your loyalty.

You don’t need to dominate me

to prove your masculinity.

I don’t need you to need me.

I’m not your source,

I’m not your mother, 

I’m not your bitch.

You don’t need to chip, chip

chip away, wear down my resistance.

You won’t get me to submit

through charm, persistence,

pestering or gifts.


You’re not my dog,

so don’t give me those

pathetic puppy eyes 

and begging, simpering lies.

I’m not your goddess,

so stop your worship.

Don’t crawl on all fours.

I don’t need your codependency.

You want to impress me?

Stop chasing my ass

and treat me with respect.

Be sincere and friendly.

Damn well chill out.

Stop slobbering.

Get on with your life.

You want me to want you?

Stand on your own two feet.

And face me like a man.

©️Janey Colbourne 2018

codependencefeministmisogynyrelationshipsrespectSpoken Word poetry

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Janey Colbourne

Tue 24th Jul 2018 06:30

Thank you so much Racha!

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racha chafik

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 22:55

i just love your poem uve said it all bravo ?

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Janey Colbourne

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 22:38

Thanks Big Sal!

Big Sal

Mon 23rd Jul 2018 15:03


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