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Yours

by Natalie De La Rosa

Illustration by Natalie De La Rosa

Illustration by Natalie De La Rosa

This is for those whose bodies still don’t feel like their own

For the ones who struggle to say no,

because no one ever seemed to listen before

The ones that are always helping others heal,

but can’t get rid of their own memories

I know how it feels to be treated like you are only good enough to be consumed

But I promise it’s not true,

You are so much more

And I know that sometimes you can still feel the fire on your skin,

from when hands trespassed your body,

I can feel it too

And I know how it feels to be caught in the flames,

to feel alone, like no one knows,

like no one sees you, like no one hears you,

But I promise that’s not true

I’m here, I see you, I hear you

So, this is for the ones who struggle to feel like their body is their own

I promise it’s not true

Despite the lies they tried to make you believe

And despite how hard they tried to take it from you,

Your body is yours, it’s always been yours, it’ll always be yours