a woman’s first blood bleeds from her tongue

trigger warnings : mentions of blood, sexual assault, domestic abuse

they say a woman’s first blood
does not come from between her legs,
and they aren’t wrong,
for she bleeds life and death
even in her first cries,
and bites her tongue
before she utters the name
of the woman who gave her life.

they say a woman’s first blood
does not come from between her legs,
but from biting her tongue
to fight her tears (fears) when her physique is sexualised
by beady-eyed odious faces
of the same people she calls ‘family‘.

they say a woman’s first blood
does not come from between her legs,
but from biting her tongue
to control the putrid emotions
swirling in her gut when
grizzled hoary uncles caress
her thighs with slithery senile fingers.

they say a woman’s first blood
does not come from between her legs,
but from biting her tongue
to hold back her ‘dreams’ (screams) when ‘phantasmic‘ people
with horrid hands and foul faces
haunt her soundless sleep.

they say a woman’s first blood
does not come from between her legs,
but from biting her tongue
till it bleeds vermilion,
like the sindoor on her forehead
and the bruises on her abdomen, branded on her anatomy
by her husband each day.

they say a woman’s first blood
does not come from between her legs,
but from biting her tongue
till her jaw aches in frustration;
till she tastes the desperation
and agony bleeding
inside her own mouth.

a woman’s first blood
does not come from between her legs,
it comes from biting her tongue
to stay quiet, to stop the world
from silencing her forever.
she bleeds this way,
till that fateful dawn
when she chooses to ignore the world
and raise her own voice,
to speak up and fight,
for every woman who had
to bite her tongue to stay quiet.

“They say a woman’s first blood doesn’t come from between her legs but from biting her tongue.” – Meggie Royer

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