Poem: Taking Up Space

Day 25/30 in the City of Refuge Poem-a-Thon. Today’s poem was inspired by a conversation with a dear friend about the issue of taking up space while female.

Taking Up Space

Trying to outrun the apologies
that cling to my essence
I search for a space 
out of the shadows
search for the daring to claim
some corner of light
a space to expand to my full
magnitude, an unshrinking
unwary unsorry
soul focused on more
than survival
maybe more than a corner
of light maybe without
even asking permission
more than a corner
not seeking permission