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By. Eve Draper

I feel vulnerable walking
down the street
sometimes aware
of how easily i could be overpowered
overshadowed by many
walking my way

stay alert.

Whether there is a lingering figure behind
or a figment of the mind, the fear remains the same:
awareness of what is or what could be hangs
on us heavily, swapping places with the sun we move
our feet faster in succession

the femininity i try to embrace
feels a weakness

i increase my pace.

Currently a university student studying Philosophy, Eve Draper (20) spends her days reading, writing and thinking. Eve’s favourite topics to explore through poetry include mental health, feminity and her experiences as a queer woman. Cautious tells the tale of the uncomfortable feeling of vulnerability that woman are all too familiar with. You can follow Eve on Instagram @evedraper_