This is Part 3 of a 5-part series on the fashion editorial photoshoot I did with Hooton Images. Read part one here (intro), part two here (the “Trapped” photo set), and part four here (the “Flowers” photo set). I will add links to the other posts relating to the fashion editorial once all of them are up. Subscribe to the blog (right sidebar) to be notified when new posts are available.
They’ve got me filed, slotted, defined.
Fenced in by the color of my skin
the size of the gap between my thighs
and my waist-to-hip ratio.
They think they can
tell me who I am
because anyone who says the things I say
can only be a certain way.
It has to fit the pattern.
I let them see.
It’s all body armor, down to the last dangly earring
protection from prying eyes and sharp tongues
a shield for my heart.
They can’t see inside of me
where every day I do battle
against the echoes of their voices
their faithful soldiers warring on
long after they have gone.
A sword makes no sound as it slices through flesh,
so it is with words
the unspoken ways they have
of cutting up my heart.
a silent battle
against their judgment
against their hate
against the part of me that waits
for them to change and wants their love.
I battle that most of all.
I’ve come to see
they’re not my enemy
But I’m still trying to find
a suit of armor for my mind.
Can I negotiate a truce
or will this struggle never cease
between the part of me that’s soft and cares
what they believe
and this warrior rising up, she
who laughs at their demands
like a goddess
who doesn’t give a damn?
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View the entire “Warrior” set from the fashion editorial on the Wildwood Goddess Photoshoot page. All photos from the fashion editorial are ©Hooton Images and are owned exclusively by Meredith Rose. They may be pinned on Pinterest, but please credit Hooton Images in the description.
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