life begins at menstruation

in some states
the bloody slough of cells
exiting unneeded
from the chalice
of  this body
14 days before

half of the equation
adding up to life
breaks free
& looks for
strong-swimming sperm

is now the moment
life begins


in the old days
life began at ejaculation
because we women
were simply vessels for seed
& wasting that
was the sin

we are so much more

or should be

more than walking,
willing incubators
waiting to be occupied
valued only
for what we expel,

the life in our bodies
numbered before it begins.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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5 Responses to life begins at menstruation

  1. kvennarad says:

    Needed to be said.

  2. Thanks–I have to say this was the first time I wrote about menstruation 🙂

    The title was banging around in my head for a few days.

  3. THANK YOU Susan… Lovely expressed and exposed in flexible truth, properly measured! Your new Fan, Deborah

  4. menstruation says:

    I love this! 😀 Not for boysyouve been warned The By Product

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