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The homes I’ve built by Mumu M

Mumu M | December 1st, 2018 | poetry | No Comments

Poem

Don’t put people in boxes
Never put anything in boxes
Because that is an act too complex to unlearn
My throat was a box once,
Sealed…My voice only ever managed to
Seep through when options were next to None
I might have just lied
I once built a box
I placed it in my throat because
That’s where it was safest
In it, I placed my voice
My childhood traumas
The deaths I’ve suffered which have taken me with them
I don’t believe I’m actually here
In the box, I placed my opinions about feminism
Neatly folded suppression and placed it there
Ironed oppression and kept it for a special occasion
Babied patriarchy because I had been blind to its tombstone
I built this box with pillars of fears
Lined it with thinly placed tears
The rooftop was ghosts
Of all the things I let die
On the front of the box
Was a tattoo label which read “do not touch”
And so I hardly ever did
I once dated a boy who thought himself a man
With no backbone
He turned my insecurities into his spine
It kept him upright, having me around
I never speak about this
I never did the leaving
Because when you grow up
And the women in your life have stayed
You do too, by default

Poet Bio

Mitchelle is an aspiring poet with so much originality to share with the world and believes that her work could potentially impact readers

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