via Daily Prompt: Exposure

Female hearts beat faster, but softer

Listen well, you’ll hear

Pain remains my favorite teacher.

I rip off band aids

Allowing wounds to breathe,

Strip back emotions

Like layers of clothing.

Telling secrets that eyes don’t see

Breasts weighed gracefully, by sadness

Imprints made from hip to thigh

Signed politely with rejection,

On both sides.

Mapping the growth of

Doubt to acceptance,

Of life and love, of self–