Wednesday, November 19, 2014

i was a girl, except
when they removed my ability to move, disapp
roved my right to excuse myself
from discomfort.
i was a girl, except
i was silenced, licensed
to be doormat, eternally, not
speak for my sanity.
i was a girl, except
they disrobed me of my human essence, vul
nerable in their presence, na
ked and shivering, ash
amed, at their mercy, a-quivering.

i was a girl, except
now, i am a woman.
without choice, without consent,
enforced role, profuse grief
no room to breathe.

-up and down it goes, where it stops,
ain't nobody knows.

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