we became women

before we could break in a training bra 

bought in preparation for boobs 

that “The Body Book For Girls” said 

we should soon be expecting. 

before a missed period would be understood as 

more than responsible for exhausting sentences, but 

days spent praying and making promises to a God 

that some of us have never even believed in.  

vulnerably ripe ​— 

with no idea what a tampon was, and 

yet to understand the complexities of a vagina 

or what our own even looked like

most of us become women

on somebody else’s time.