I cannot do anything to physically help,
Because this group text from another
Originated from out west by the coast.
The texter was on vacation with her honey
Somewhere with bright lights and flashy.
I remembered the panic, paralysis and confusion
Of receiving unwanted attention.
But I was at work and the phone was in the locker; that is another story.
She texted saying her sweetie was napping
and she went to get some soda.
And these three guys approached her.
One touched her…while they were all in line.
Off group, I asked if she knew how to protect herself
She texted back something about a swift kick somewhere
The others in the group text had their say as well
Call your boyfriend, they said
Keep him on the phone…
Get to your boyfriend…
No. Physical contact was the LAST resort, I texted.
The first was to be aware of who and what is around you.
Instead of having cell phone screen glasses on
…and keep a big distance between you and the other.
I even sent her a link for future reference
The Gift of Fear, a book by Gavin de Becker.
Silence on the other end for a short while
Then a group text saying she was
With her boyfriend
Along with a picture of two drinks.
In all objectivity, who would group text their gal pals first, who are hundreds of miles away, for physical help when boyfriend is asleep but in the vicinity?