Illustration by Freya Williams

Don’t hide yourself away
You’re worth much more than this.
Don’t lock yourself inside
I promise that’s not bliss.

The world may be against you.
You may break down at night.
Those tears are not for nothing.
But I promise, it’s alright.

Who are they to judge?
They don’t know what it’s like
To wake up in the dark and find
It was almost dreamlike.

They may talk about you
While you face the other way.
It may spread like a disease
But there’s no truth to what they say.

Your bedroom is your fortress.
You cry about that day.
But when your mind wanders
Think of him and say:

“My body is my own right,
My breasts not yours to cup.
So next time you want to sleep around,
Make sure she’s standing up.”