Ode to the Uterus (and those who own them)

Poetry by | August 7, 2023

My uterus is raging, ready to burst
in red. The pain runs through
my hips, my thighs, my legs
leaving me in fetal position
alone to clutch the smallness
of my stomach that clenches in ache.
It is angry, it demands, it throbs like
a beating heart—alive and enduring.
I persist like a banged-up drum
and dare to brave the torment that tries
to beat me down.

I will not succumb
nor will I surrender. I am persevering and
resisting like the uterus in anger.

Daryll Faye Gayatin is from Isulan, Sultan Kudarat. She is a BA English (Creative Writing) student at the University of the Philippines Mindanao.

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