The Virgin Mary by Chris Ofili
The Period Poem
Dude on twitter said:
“I was having sex withmy girlfriend when
she started her period.
I dumped that bitch immediately.”
Dear nameless dummy on Twitter:
You’re the reason my daughter cried funeral tears
When she started her period.
The sudden grief all young girls feel
After matriculation from childhood and
The induction into a reality that they’ll have to negotiate
People like you and you’re disdain
For what a woman’s body can do.
Herein begins an anatomy lesson infused with feminist politics
Because I hate you.
There’s a thing…called a uterus.
It sheds itself every 28 days or so
Or in my case every 23 days
(I’ve always been a rule breaker).
That’s the anatomy part.
The feminist politic part is that women
Know how to let things go,
How to let a dying thing leave…
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