your body
was built to carry
it was molded this way
crafted with this idea
in mind

your knees
your shoulders
your hips
and your womb
all built
for someone else’s burdens
never your own.

lean forward
take the strain
onto your back
evenly distribute it
across your shoulders
careful now
that it should not fall

your every step echoes
with the weight
you carry

woman remember
you do not always
have to say yes

flesh and bone
skin and blood
your body is your own