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My Body

in MeToo by

1.
Boys will be
                       boys, right?
          Boys will be     bodies.

Or my body
                       will be boys’.
      What happens in
boys       stays
                       in my body.   Will
boys be in

      my body    whether I like it
or not.

2.
     Dear dad(s),
          do you believe
my
   weighed-down body
                         groped body
      boys on
          my body        with
    one hand
                         silencing my

body
           is     trying
    to scream.

3.
Sugar and
   cunt    ugly           bitch
            believe my

   body
                  hears.

4.
Let me     say my

                      own body —

     body of
                           water
milk body
                      blood
    body.
                My     fluid body
can be
                          (say it)
            good.
Say it
                 all at once. I
   believe
                       my body.

 

Kayla Berkey lives in Pittsburgh where she works as a news editor. She has published poems in Voices from the Attic Vol. XXI and Pittsburgh City Paper’s Chapter and Verse, and is a member of the Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops.