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Shoulders and Knees
6 months ago · · Poetry,
When I show my shoulders and knees I am labeled as a distraction. Not as a person but only a problem to be dealt with. I am assumed to want attention by the boys who claim to be unable to focus when I show my skin. I am lectured on self respect and self worth but how can I learn self respect when you tell be that I'm not entitled to have your respect unless I cover up. How can I learn self worth when you tell be ashamed of the body I have. You teach me that showing off my skin isn't self acceptance but self destruction. You teach me that my body isn't mine to wear; that it should be covered up by sleeves and tights that hide the existence of my shoulders and knees. You teach me that I need to dress for you and not for myself. That I need to follow your guidelines and your rules for the body that you claim to own. You teach me that I should be embarrassed and guilty of the the skin I show. I try to speak up. I try to climb out of the molded grasp you have on me and show you my own shape. But you don't see me. You only see my shoulders and knees.
Ok so I've been really inspired and interested by spoken word poetry and I've really wanted to start writing some. This is my first one so I would love to hear feedback thank you!!!!