I cut off my tits
my menstrual flow reverses back inside of me
and I’m a child again
I crawl up my mother’s vagina to hide
nothing can get me in there
I slide down her fallopian tubes and squeal with delight
I swim inside her ovaries and crush the other eggs
there will be no sibling rivalries anymore
a hand reaches up to pull me out and I snap at it
tearing it off
and I swallow it whole
there will be none of that!
I won’t go willingly
I won’t go quietly
I’ll stay here safely
until she dies
then I’ll sneak back out and resume my womanhood
without her in the way
that’s always been how it’s done in my family
we emerge from the cocoon when it’s safe
and the mouth is perpetually quiet
BIO: Natasha Cabot is a Halifax-based Canadian writer whose work has been featured in Thrice Fiction Magazine, Toasted Cheese Literary Journal, Wilderness House Literary Review, as well as several others. She recently completed work on her first novel, "Patriotland."
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