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Just Because I'm Naked

Just because I’m naked
Gives you no right to stare
I have my wrinkles, bumps and bruises
I’m more than enough
I’m more than aware

Just because I’m naked
Doesn’t mean I want to flaunt
I have mirrors
I know what they mean
I stare too
Look back at something I’m not

The naked doesn’t always show
The naked doesn’t see
The naked gives a peek at the life
The naked sets me free

Just because I’m naked
Doesn’t mean you get to have me
It’s my skin
My bones
My age
My vagina
My always-sagging breasts
My permission
I dare you to defy me

If you see me naked
You haven’t got a clue
Because my brain
My only brain
Protects me
from people like you

You scorn, you judge
You look
My pudge
We don’t see eye to eye
I can’t comprehend
I can’t belie
If I tell you my secrets
Will you believe the lies?

Just because I’m naked
And my soul has slipped away
You have no right
Your fucking privilege
To deny me
I contradict that which you say

Just because I’m naked
You have no right to stare
Just because I’m naked
See through me
Around me
Inside me
I challenge you
If you dare

About this poem

I was looking at myself in the mirror, at all my body had been through over six decades, while listening to what the U.S. Supreme Court did to Roe V. Wade, and the poem just poured out in a matter of minutes.

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Written on August 12, 2022

Submitted by highaltitudemama on September 19, 2022

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Stacey Powells

A published writer since 1996, Stacey’s stories have covered everything from parenting issues, local news, travel, and a hodgepodge of everything else. Her work has appeared in Island’s Magazine, Divulge Magazine, The Mammoth Times and Eastern Sierra Wedding Guide. She is a 2020 Community of Writers alumni, and a 2020 Jeff Arch Fellow. Her play Stirrups continues to be produced in theaters and her book of personal essays, Empty Cupboards, launches in October 2022. Stacey has several novels, plays and screenplays in various forms of development. Poetry is a new thing that can't be helped. more…

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