Could you walk me to my car tonight, You see I have a feeling.

So many times when I hear the story of yet another transsexual or transgender woman assaulted or murdered I remember how naive I was when I first came out and I had feminist women friends advising me.  But they were independent and hippies and they were not always the best judge of the level of risk they put themselves in either.

When I was a teenager my mother warned me about the danger I would put myself in with men if I were not careful, yet the awareness of the amount of danger and risk is something we have to learn from experience as we were not , to use a much misused term “socialized” in such a manner as to have internalized the skills to assess the risk level we put ourselves in.

When I saw the following on Facebook by Zoe Nicholson I asked her permission to repost it here.

By Zoe Nicholson

http://www.onlinewithzoe.com/2011/04/walk-me-to-the-car-tonight.html

Could you walk me to my car tonight,
You see I have a feeling.

I am a woman and I have a feeling.
I am a woman and I have funny feeling.
I am a woman and if I find the courage to ask you.
Will you walk me to my car tonight?

I am afraid to ask you because you might laugh.
I am afraid to ask you because you might ask me why.
I am afraid I cannot tell you why.
I cannot tell anyone why.

Will you walk me to the car tonight?
If you walk me to the car tonight,
Something bad will be averted.
It isn’t every night, just this night.

Will you think I am weak if I ask?
Will you tell me no if I ask?
Will I be sorry that I asked?

You see I am a woman and I have a feeling.
I have an inkling.
I have a sense of dread,
That will vaporize,
If you walk me to my car tonight.

Did you ask me to walk you to your car?
I think it is parked by mine.
I am happy to walk you to your car tonight.
I will share a light with you tonight.
Take my hand if you like.

I don’t need to ask why.
I don’t need to know why.
You are a woman and you have a feeling.
I am a woman and I have a feeling.
We have a feeling that we will be safe tonight.

(Poem written for and delivered at Take Back the Night at Cal State Fullerton )

2 Responses to “Could you walk me to my car tonight, You see I have a feeling.”

  1. Zoe Nicholson Says:

    I am so proud to see my poem supporting the safety of Trans Women. Thank you so much for posting this.


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