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Girl Code 101
I am the graceful. The flawless.
I cross my legs and measure my waistline
like I was taught to
Tuck my opinion into the back of my tongue
so that I am not labeled as
“that bossy girl everyone hates”
Because us girls, we gotta be careful.
Believe you are important and they will say
you’re conceited. Wear whatever the f***
you want and now it is your fault
he ripped your thighs apart
Being a woman means old men in suits
are still deciding if I have the right to my own body.
I was ten when I learned this
When I heard my uncle wishing his child were a boy
When they called me a woman before I had the chance to
When I was told never to go outside alone
while my younger brother roamed freely
wherever he pleased.
I learned to be a woman the same way you cut open a rotten peach.
I took the first bite without knowing the bitter taste it would leave in my mouth.