Assault by Jennifer Lagier

“…what I learned later in life, too late, is that when you have power over another person, asking them to look at your dick isn’t a question. It’s a predicament for them.”
– Louis C.K.

Camille loves a carnal romp
as much as anyone else,
provided all parties agree
the goal is mutual pleasure.

She can’t comprehend
what goes on in the twisted brains
of powerful, vindictive men
who prey on women and children.

Wishes she could be in charge
of offending males,
compel them to attend
mandatory retraining.

Stipulates workplace shoulder rubs,
fanny pats, boob gropes are inappropriate.
Forced entry into apertures of any gender
is always verboten.

Would make sure they no longer
have the authority or opportunity
to molest kids, abuse unwilling
teens or adults.

Decrees harassment, sexual assault
will not be condoned or covered up,
would consign them
to chemical castration, prison.

Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: Facebook:

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