Singer-songwriter Halsey delivered an emotional speech at the second annual Women’s March on Jan. 20th in New York City.
Ashley Nicolette Frangipane, also known as Halsey, delivered an emotional slam poem at the march; sharing her own experience with sexual assault and violence.
The poem is entitled “A Story Like Mine” and was delivered in place of a traditional speech. “I don’t really know how to do a speech unless it rhymes, so I’m gonna do a little poem for you guys,” Halsey said at the march.
— h (@halsey) January 20, 2018
Here is a portion of Halsey’s speech:
It’s 2009 and I’m 14 and I’m crying
Not really sure where I am but I’m holding the hand of my best friend Sam
In the waiting room of a Planned Parenthood
The air is sterile and clean, and the walls are that not grey, but green
And the lights are so bright they could burn a whole through the seam of my jeans
My phone is buzzing in the pocket
My mom is asking me if I remembered my keys ’cause she’s closing the door and she needs to lock it
But I can’t tell my mom where I’ve gone
I can’t tell anyone at all
You see, my best friend Sam was raped by a man that we knew ’cause he worked in the after-school program
And he held her down with her textbook beside her
And he covered her mouth and he came inside her
So now I’m with Sam, at the place with a plan, waiting for the results of a medical exam
And she’s praying she doesn’t need an abortion, she couldn’t afford it
And her parents would, like, totally kill her
It’s 2002 and my family just moved and the only people I know are my mom’s friends, too, and her son
He’s got a case of Matchbox cars and he says that he’ll teach me to play the guitar if I just keep quiet
And the stairwell beside apartment 1245 will haunt me in my sleep for as long as I am alive
And I’m too young to know why it aches in my thighs, but I must lie, I must lie
The full poem can be found on Variety.com.
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