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My Body My Choice
by: Dancer (aka DancinHippy)

It was my body, it was my choice
Yet I continually swallowed my voice
And gave up my power
To be society's ideal flower

They invaded me with their hands
My body not safe from their demands
I was battered and bruised from their attack
As I screamed silently, I want my body back

I put up walls of protection
Perceived safety from detection
But they always knew my defenses
Causing me to doubt my own senses

I tried unknowingly to break free
fighting society subconsciously
But they dragged me back with their shame
coercing me to believe I was to blame

Awareness seeped thru and struggled to rise
Society's ideal I started to despise
My strength grew daily as I raged
At their attempts to keep me caged

I pushed away from their destructive path
And found the strength to face their wrath
They dumped shame self doubt and hate
And attempted to turn me from my fate
But I stood up to their painful attack
And I took my body back

I now eat from the tree of knowledge
I have stepped back from their lethal edge
I have realized the truth in my inner voice
It is my body and it is my choice
To use my power to resist their attack
To use my power to take my body back

And I took my body back

©2001 Dancer. Reprinted with Permission.

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