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SILENT WOMXN

"You cannot kill me I am alive on everything. " V.Maluleke

Month

November 2016

The period we do not talk about.

 

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No baby.

Your body is not hurt.

A girl has died inside of your body

She is simply

B

L

E

E

D

I

N

G

Herself out.

She needs to leave this way

OR

The blood will rot inside of you

and you will smell of a dead girl.

Even when you are a woman.

No.

Female.

Wants to smell of a dead girl.

ESPECIALLY

When she is a woman.

 

This is the period we do not talk about

 

For as long as i can remember,

menstruation

InMyFamily

has always been narrated this way.

Menstrual blood is d-i-r-t-y!

We  are told to stay away from sharks

disguised as

innocent

Boys

Sharks love your blood

But not

You.

And your blood

will attract sharks

 

it is your fault you have blood.

                                          you

cannot blame sharks for things like

                                                       rape.

 

Because menstrual blood is dirty!

It is polluted with dead childhood dreams

you have been trying to

resuscitate

throughout womanhood.

The dead weight between your legs is often mistaken for

sex

even when hidden

Bleeding reminds you of an existence within

that even your vagina walls cannot contain

Every month

for

                 7

d a y s

i am bleeding another woman out.

my

Circumcision-Period

does not end.

How do you expect me to stay the same?

And

why do boys not bleed like we do?

why do they not bleed into manhood?

These boys

                 hide

up mountains

             &seek

manhood

 a role-

they cannot

play.

                                  I

wish someone could have said to me

 instead…

NO baby your body is not:

hurt.

You are a bleeding that does not heal

STOP

stitching up your

                      womanhood

Covering it up with band-aids&apologizing

 as if

bleeding

makes you:

hurt.

 -Lesego Mkhize

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Silence.

if you do not scream no one will

hear you.

your body plays out a silent monologue uncomfortably  that not everyone can bare to watch. even the couch is disgusted at how you can live in a decaying body and

r

o

t

yourself self into adulthood.

 – Lesego Mkhize

 

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