eat up | a poem

I was raised under the weight of men

*

I’d grow into my own body

through a man’s mind

*

he told me

you’d better have an appetite

*

you eat what you’re given

*

they applied it to everything

*

I couldn’t find girls

whose soul hadn’t been sucked out

*

it took me a long time

to understand that

boys my age were terrified

*

reluctant to come closer

*

men had left their traces

*

and I’d never be on the pages

that I was supposed to be on

*

cover to cover

you baptised me

and took my laurels

but I memorised my language

and kept it in my body

and I’ll unleash it now

every step of the way

*

little boys in men’s bodies

were forgiven

over my ostracised body

Photo by Disha Sheta on Pexels.com

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