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You decide what can be done with my body, says the poet, but you forget that despite all of that, the ownership of this body is mine, not yours.
You take my body
and write on it.
your to-do lists.
On my body you inscribe
what I must wear,
what I must not do,
what I must say.
in so many ways
and in so many places
–in the temples and the churches,
in the hospitals, and schools and battlefields,
in homes and in the courts of law.
Your world is my doll house
where you strip me naked
and dress me up.
And yet my body
never pleases you,
so you take a scalpel to it,
or a pen
and you rip it apart
in your newspapers and television,
in your facebook and instagram feeds;
round and round
like Chinese whispers
but you forget this simple thing
–it is my body.
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Vijayalakshmi Harish is a book blogger and writer. To paraphrase her librarian, she is a
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