female intuition

by eloisehendy

female i have been trained
 to expect pain
shooting across my body
like a star

i have been taught
 to know aches
 to bear weight
on shoulders, hips
at the meeting of thighs
 to grin as my body .    dissolves
 to bleed, &bleed

i have learnt
 to read shame in rust

taught skin
 to stretch
 to a tissue of scars
 to wait patient
for the worst
 to pass over


when my body raged
i recognised it
i bared my teeth
  to it politely