feminine
adjective
1. having qualities or an appearance traditionally associated with women, especially delicacy and prettiness.
”the snowdrops gave a feminine touch to the table”
2. synonyms: womanly, womanlike, ladylike, girlish, female; soft, delicate, gentle, tender, graceful, refined, modest; informal girly; archaic feminal “a very feminine young woman”
2.  GRAMMAR
of or denoting a gender of nouns and adjectives, conventionally regarded as female.
noun
1. the female sex or gender.
”the association of the arts with the feminine”
2. GRAMMAR
a feminine word or form.

It began with a burning in my chest,
a scream bound by control,
they want me in a box,
labelled,
neatly,
and pleased.

Smiles brought a fog,
the fog brought the missing.
cascaded pieces, swimming, jolting…
In pockets we are here,
in the joints absent,
I won’t be pleased,
I won’t smile,
I won’t hurry,
take back your arms,
I am held,
held by freedom.

I am angry
I am silenced
I am the womb
and that’s kind.
Voices tied to poles,
anchors locked in a vault,
they sold us with magicians and roses.
Distracted by care I fell,
what is yours?
Desire displaced in make believe,
your veils, not mine.
Responsibility package carefully in a cage,
you take the room
you take the space.

We are parts, pieces, extensions
plastered by clay
caught to watch.
As you
rape
I won’t be pleased
I won’t smile
I won’t hurry
take back your arms
I am held.

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