My body is a museum for your eyes to explore
and there was a time I thought you might open the doors
and walk down the hallway.
Turn on the lights and dust off the shelves
I thought you might stick around to see
when strangers dress up and use my limbs
to dance around in bright colored dresses
each move a part of me I had concealed
from prying eyes that only wanted the free show
only wanted to see the way my body twists
hear the screams my throat can create
I thought you were different.
There is a shame in the way I opened myself
to you and only you
A shame in the way I trusted your words
trusted you when you told me you would not break the artifacts displayed here
Now I must board up my windows
close and lock the doors
throwing away the key
so that no man may tread through these pathways again
so that no man may dare try and break these precious things I guard
You thought you had ruined me for good
but what you don’t know is
you never had that power.