Auszehrung | a transgenerational poem

a woman’s violence

reveals itself

in her reflection


don’t look at me

when I am looking at myself

in the mirror


felt like a crime

that happened

only in her body


when she spoke to herself

without using words

and her body became

a weapon against itself


how could this belong to me


I’ve studied women’s faces

women’s bodies across the glass

and I can’t protect myself

from what I’ve absorbed

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2022 | Instagram: croque_melpomene


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