Body (Poem)

When puberty came, I kept

Body slim and hungry

When the male gaze found me,

I covered Body with baggy clothes

Scars form valleys and roads across

Body, such as I raged against it

Fingers down my throat,

punishing.

Young adulthood brought new understandings,

Body grew and I allowed it to expand,

to get full and heavy with life.

Where razors once drew, tiny

hands drag soft fingers-

Love.

Body is soft, cozy-

a warm nest for children

A quiet rest from exploring,

learning, growing taller.

Body is nourishment;

milk and blood and bone.

Body is allowed hunger, thirst,

-pleasure, even.

Acceptance.

Love.

 

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