Destigmatizing Menstrual Hygiene Through Poetry

During menstruation, girls and women around the world face many complex challenges, including stigma, lack of access to menstrual hygiene products, ostracization from communities, dropping out from school, and more. “Made of Fire” aims to raise awareness about the critical and taboo topic of periods.

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Made of Fire

The first time
I saw
my mother cried
and I thought
I made
a mistake.

She said
there’s a revolution
in you
in our necks
and spines.

We house wars
under our bellies
they put us in
tiny rooms to
we’re simple.

They’ll try
to whittle
you into
a lighter color
thin your
into gossamer

Your cycle
is a weapon

Don’t you ever
hate the vast country
of your body
so they feel

I rolled her
syllables in
my mouth
until they

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By Saumya Dave

Saumya Dave is a writer, resident physician in psychiatry, and co-founder of This Is For Her, a nonprofit that advocates … Read more ›