“woman”

it is not a title i earned
was given
but am

i do not claim it
as anything
but armor
anymore

try to tell me
that i can’t be
pretty and rough
all at once

or that i should have to explain
the knife in my pocket,
the hair under my arms,
the polish on my nails

because in my own
version of myself
i encompass each
line of my own topography

ranging from river to
mesa and
back again

when you ask of me
my heart on a platter,
i will offer you my tongue,
instead

-A

Author: City Sister and Mountain Mama

Lindsey and Autumn of citysistermountainmama.wordpress.com

One thought on ““woman””

  1. I loved the line: “i encompass each
    line of my own topography”
    And I especially appreciate the authority in your last stanza–I will offer you my tongue instead. It is good to find that authority within ourselves and use it well. Everyone will benefit. We can all use that lesson.

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