Mujer

I am tired of being told

how to be Real.

I am tired of television telling me

what kind of woman I should be-

I was Woman. long before

my life’s successes rested upon

which shade of lipstick I should wear

I was Woman. long before

which body and

whose breasts

were decided

to be most desirable.

I have been Woman.

for thousands of years,

never needing

wrinkle cream, or mascara, or

long silky hair to be Real.

I am tired of being sold

tired of being manipulated

raped!

robbed

and lied to.

I am tired of being told

how to be Real.

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