if you say you support ‘a woman’s right to not shave’ you should also be:
- supportive of women who grow hair in places other than their legs and underarms, no matter for the cause of this
- supportive of trans women to affirm they don’t need to get rid of every body hair to qualify as feminine
or else your support is pointless really
For years you had this ache in your chest
that you felt needed to be cut out of yourself.
Like a splinter shoved down too far to reach.
Something that whispered infection.
Stubborn girl, you didn’t stop trying
until the sink ran red.
The first time you thought you found God,
it was not in a church.
It was a humming caused by your own hands.
It might have been your pulse let loose.
But you were wrong.
Your first taste of heaven was not by your own hand
or even in the mouth of a lover.
It was the first time you heard a song
about not wanting to kill yourself anymore.
You stopped writing suicide notes with biblical themes.
You started writing letters of apology to your own wrists.
You grew up with an ache in your chest
but you still grew up.
You are still growing. I think that is the point.