Every girl knows when you want to go but you stay
Because they say women stay.
They are super beings.
With huge hearts and a high tolerance for pain.
Every girl knows when you say NO but babe says relax.
Because you were okay with it 5 minutes ago.
So you let your body go limp and picture something cool or happy.
Because girls are said to be too dramatic.
It is always our fault.
Every girl knows how a mirror talks back.
How it tells you your pudge is too jiggly.
How your thighs are cousins to cottage cheese.
But girls are to be seen.
So what is this your mirror is saying?
Every girl knows about butterflies.
The ones in your belly when your anticipation is rewarded.
The kind that takes you back to being a girl in junior high.
The feeling of being wanted.
We let ourselves feel it, no matter how short-lived.
Every girl knows the uneasiness of the month.
The one that flows if you laugh too hard.
The horror of possibly being stained and staining.
The shuffle to the edge of the seat and hurriedly away.
Because women are suppose to carry the world but not let them see it.
Every girl know about passion.
The kind where you lose your self for a moment.
And let them lead you.
Its vulnerability and sheer beauty.
Because we are scared that we might not feel like this again.
Every girl knows about shame.
From the questioning of our bodies, to bearing the brunt of consequences.
To bearing all the blame.
We know what shame is and does to a being.
We cover our ears and tell ourselves we are better than what they say.
Every girl knows what it feels like to be called beautiful.
The light in your eyes when you hear it, travels to your entire body.
Your lips widen, curl up and your cheeks brighten.
No matter how old you are.
The feeling never gets old.
Every girl knows about hope.
The kind we have for our offspring and lovers.
The kind we pray silent prayers about.
We hold out for tomorrow.
Because that is the only justifiable reason to live, sometimes.