Born a Girl

When you are born, naked and howling into the world

Immediately they cover you up,

and not long after, they shut you up.

Life then becomes one long struggle

to be seen and to be heard,

but especially so,

if you are born a girl.



You came to me a stranger they expected me to know.

They left us alone, just the two of us,

One frightened and the other blind to everything but need.

I accepted the role, playing the part well

Only forgetting my lines when

You astonished me with your completeness.

Then oh so slowly, your subtle charm seeped into my bones

Until you were part of me again.

Unbirthed like this, we forget the world

Finding comfort in the strange and new ,

One yet two.