Family, Sex & Sexuality | Poems

O Woman

“O woman,
father says natural is beautiful
so why do you redden your cheeks
and blacken your eyes?
Why do you remove the hair on your legs
and draw them into your brows?
Why do you hold your breath
lest your stomach show
and hold your fart
lest they know
that you’re a human? O woman,
father says natural is beautiful
so why do you straighten your hair
to curl it next
and pretend to orgasm
so they think you enjoyed the sex?
Why do you dumb yourself down
and push your breasts up?
Why do you smile when you’re told to
and love when you don’t want to?
When? When
will you stop, woman?
Father says natural is beautiful
but that is doubtful
for what does father know
he’s only a fellow.”

©Kamand Kojouri (Kamand was born in Tehran, raised in Dubai and Toronto, and resides in Wales. The historical novel she wrote for her master’s program in London was shortlisted for the Peters Fraser and Dunlop (PFD) literary award). All rights reserved.

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