Combat

I was eleven,

Of small bodied age,

When I learned

 

That cruelty may lie

In disguise 

Between the thighs of a man.

 

Harsh words I dared not say,

Lingering on chapped lips they won’t let me lick,

Lest I provoke him

 

For fear that the body part

They proudly use as bullets and batons

Black and bruise me into an empty shell.

 

I was eleven when I learned

My body was a liability.


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Maya is a poet from Jordan. 

Follow her on Instagram at: maya.o.papaya