(Originally written: December 9, 2020)

I learned from the fists of men
That true women had nothing
Between their legs

I learned that when women bleed
It was from life bearing wombs
Not from slits on their thighs

I learned that the anger they gave me
Was so I would not spread my sickness
And force questions on others

I learned through swollen eyes
And bruised ribs
That I am a man like them

I learned.