Everyday I am woman

Everyday I am a woman, and everyday in this skin I experience what it means to face people who want to take my power away. This poem is for them.


who signed the lease on my skin

without letting me in

on the deal

a dollar for your shimmy shake, mujer

but the tits are priceless

don’t touch down there

yeah, that belongs to us

in us you must trust

we make babies there

god’s gift, mujer

that is why you are here

stop trying to slip

the knot loose from your lips

your hips your hands

you have always belonged

to man

my rib my choice

your voice, when I say

sing pretty for daddy

sing pretty and soft

with words I can understand

damn, man damned

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