My daughter
already knows her
body is both a
currency and a

She poses
strategically; you will
hardly ever 
catch her lost in a
candid moment of
purely inhabiting her
physical space as she used to.

She inherits the impossible
awareness of every
woman- her
seductive power, and
against unwanted

Her shoulders 
too distracting to future
men trying to
learn, her thighs too
sensual to carry
her between classes all
bare and

Her breasts will
eventually come for
her, as her mothers’, aunts’ and
grandmother’s have.

Her womb is
claimed as property of
the state, that
collective consciousness
deeming her heart,
her dreams,
her future
contributions irrelevant,
secondary to her
evolutionary function.

As if she
wasn’t already
afraid and