Bella Lane · Poetry

Mine

My body is mine
My body with its curves
You say in all the improper places
Is mine

My body that widened
After giving life itself
Is mine

My body with its scars
Seen and unseen
Scars from the men I’ve shared it with
Scars from the words of people I’ve never known
My body is mine

My body has seen everything
2 4 6 8 14 15
And still it holds me
And still he loves me
And still I love myself

My mother has held this body
When I have let men break it
When I have let men empty it
And leave it with nothing

My mother gave this body life
Filled it with love
So that I had some to give

This body is mine
And I choose to love it fiercely

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