What If I'm Ready

How many times do I bleed

before I am a woman


How many heartbreaks how many lines

must etch themselves upon my face

before I am no longer a girl


Will it take

like my mother tells me a child of my own

to know what it is

to leave this adolescence


What if I never bear fruit

aren’t we are all mothers anyway

aren't we all creating something making this world

with our words

and our forgiveness


Our children are not only ours

this whole world raises us


My heartbeat feels as old as time.

what if the flame has been passed

somebody tell me how do I be


What if I'm ready

is there room for me yet

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