For a colleague.

I see you

You have steeled yourself

And the light bounces off of you

Almost as sharply as you must bounce back.

The men in your office

Get to be molten,

Wild fire magma mass-

ively naive.

Unaware what it takes to be you

In their world.

Is it still their world

After all these years?

It certainly is here.

The land of the free, 

the brave

And the zero paid parental leave.

Is it still a place where men forget

they get

the benefit of the clout?

Still a world where you don't know

Who gets paid what

And are left guessing how much

You leave on the table

Just to save a seat at it.