female intuition

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
taught
 to grin as my body .    dissolves
 to bleed, &bleed
&bleed
&conceal

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

&smile

when my body raged
&ruptured
i recognised it
i bared my teeth
&bowed 
  to it politely
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