Period

A must-read. Yes, everyone.

“The dude on Twitter says: “I was having sex with my girlfriend when she started her period, I dumped that bitch immediately.”

Dear nameless dummy on Twitter:

You’re the reason my daughter cried funeral tears when she started her period. The sudden grief all young girls feel after the matriculation from childhood,

And the induction into a reality that they don’t have to negotiate,

You and your disdain for what a woman’s body can do.

Herein begins an anatomy lesson infused with feminist politics

Because I hate you.

There is a thing called the uterus.

It sheds itself every 28 days or so, or in my case every 23 days,

I’ve always been a rule breaker.

That’s the anatomy part of it, I digress.

The feminist politic part, is that women know how to let things go,

How to let a dying thing leave the body,

How to become new, how to regenerate,

How to wax and wane, not unlike the moon and tides,

Both of which influence how you behave, I digress.

Women have vaginas that can speak to each other,

And by this I mean, when we’re with our friends, our sisters, our mothers,

Our menstrual cycles will actually sync the fuck up.

My own cervix is mad influential,

Everybody I love knows how to bleed with me.

Hold on to that, there’s a metaphor in it.

Hold on to that.

But when your mother carried you,

The ocean in her belly is what made you buoyant, made you possible.

You had it under your tongue when you burst through her skin,

Wet and panting from the heat of her body,

The body whose machinery you now mock on social media,

That body, wrapped you in everything that was miraculous about,

And then sung you lullabies laced in platelets,

Without which you wouldn’t have no Twitter account at all motherfucker.

I digress.

See, it’s possible that we know the world better

Because of the blood that visits some of us.

It interrupts our favorite white skirts,

And shows up at dinner parties unannounced,

Blood will do that, period.

It will come when you are not prepared for it;

Blood does that, period.

Blood is the biggest siren, and we understand that blood misbehaves,

It does not wait for a hand signal, or a welcome sign above the door.

And when you deal in blood over and over again like we do,

When it keeps returning to you, well, that makes you a warrior.

And while all good generals know not to discuss battle plans with the enemy,

Let me say this to you, dummy on Twitter;

If there’s any balance in the universe at all,

You’re going to be blessed with daughters.

Blessed.

Etymologically, bless means to make bleed.

See, now it’s a lesson in linguistics.

In other words, blood speaks, that’s the message, stay with me.

See, your daughters will teach you what all men must one day come to know, That women, made of moonlight magic and macabre,

Will make you know the blood.

We’re going to get it all over the sheets and car seats,

We’re going to do that.

We’re going to introduce you to our insides, period

And if you are as unprepared as we sometimes are,

It will get all over you and leave a forever stain.

So to my daughter:

Should any fool mishandle that wild geography of your body,

How it rides a red running current like any good wolf or witch,

Well then just bleed, boo.

Get that blood a biblical name, something of stone and mortar.

Name it after Eve’s first rebellion in that garden,

Name it after the last little girl to have her genitals mutilated in Kinshasa,

That was this morning.

Give it as many syllables as there are unreported rape cases.

Name the blood something holy,

Something mighty, something unlanguageable,

Something in hieroglyphs,

Something that sounds like the end of the world.

Name it for the war between your legs,

And for the women who will not be nameless here.

Just bleed anyhow,

Spill your impossible scripture all over the good furniture.

Bleed and bleed and bleed on everything he loves,

Period.

~ Dominique Christina, ‘The Period Poem’

http://www.dominiquechristina.com

Art by Helen Claira Burt

IG: @hellies.goddesses

http://www.helenclaira.redbubble.com

In Rising Seas, a Girl Learns to Swim | ‘Dulce,’ a Short Documentary – The Atlantic

A rite of passage is complicated by the specter of climate change in coastal Colombia.
— Read on www.theatlantic.com/video/index/605146/dulce/

Hellstorm: The Rape and Mass Murder of German Women after WWII – Archives | Veterans Today

Too much buried horror history , with held …

Hellstorm: The Rape and Mass Murder of German Women after WWII – Archives | Veterans Today
— Read on www.veteranstodayarchives.com/2014/11/26/hellstorm-book-review/

I no longer sit at tables where I might be the topic when I get up | TODAY.com

I ignored this , way too long , especially in

former married life , and it cost me dearly

but it did teach me ..

2018 brought a new wave of this energy

manipulating a sacred friendship , and I

stepped away .. it’s happening again with

another single male friend , shaming him

for not friending younger , sexually active

women…

Said 1 in 2016 to be out of the blue in a business

related exchange , at my home

He

I’m into 35 year old women !

Me

That’s chill I’m into 35 year old men!!

I’m not but I came back quick with words

my only defense against uncalled for

communication, and discrimination.

Assuredly not into him, I’m guessing my

request for a quote of very necessary work

on a property , a rental , was in his ego

mind , a sign of lust for him… not

He refused to give me a quote , hanging

with the landlord , and any respect I had

towards him evaporated …

The mind games or concepts of friendship of

a few folks , has not prohibited deeply held

respectful unions …for which I am deeply

grateful..

After last year , I went internally to review

as well as check myself , horrified at the twisted

sisters who adversely , and negatively affected

shamefully someone who is transitioning .

Mask were off and on , results were devastating

regrettably …

So the effort to resurrect that energy from

anyone , will be noted and transmuted ..

I’m refuse to give anyone who behaves

in discrimination, judgement , critical

assessment any energy ..🔥

Former projected it was always someone

else … no , Dude it was your hysteria …

your drama, fed others , that they say or do

in your steed .. a force unto itself …

©️

Blessings & Peace ,

Doña Luna 😘

Find a new seat.
— Read on community.today.com/post/i-no-longer-sit-at-tables-where-i-might-be-the-topic-when-i-get-up

Raising girls who are “includers” instead of “mean girls” | Lisa McCrohan

Raising girls who are “includers” instead of “mean girls” | Lisa McCrohan
— Read on www.lisamccrohan.com/2014/09/raising-girls-who-are-includers-instead-of-mean-girls/

Ohio teacher charged with sexually abusing 28 first-grade girls

A prosecutor says there is video that shows a Springboro teacher sexually abusing 28 first-grade girls and touching 88 in all over a three-month period.
— Read on www.abcactionnews.com/news/national/ohio-teacher-charged-with-sexually-abusing-28-first-grade-girls