Growing Pains

I’ve kept my mouth shut for so many years;
left the silence to sing you to sleep when I could’ve been singing, too.
I wonder how a girl can grow into her body without the bones aching
or without dreaming of her teeth falling out.
Back then my hands were only big enough to hold myself,
but you asked me to love you.
I didn’t know how to tell you that just breathing bruised my ribcage
and made it hard to say your name.
I’m a woman now.
I grew into a body where the bones still ache sometimes
and I wake up counting my teeth with my tongue,
but I can say your name now.
In fact, I say it a lot.

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1 comment
  1. morgantstewart said:

    Interesting, I like it.

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