Menstruation




©1991 by Peggy Lee Prince


I live in a body

that grew bodies

and pushed them out

into a world as

painful and demanding

as birth.



Milk used to flow

instead of blood

when my children

were young

and my supply

equaled their demand.



But now

I'm not enough

for anyone

(not even myself)

and as they leave

I bleed their loss

and wait for the

bleeding to stop.






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