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.