March, 20, 2021

Dear Body,

My one and only, much maligned, abused, and abandoned body, I will not start off with my usual opening line; the mantra of relentlessly polite women attempting to make nice in a world that would just as soon see them dead. A mantra of negation, concealment, hesitance, embarrassment, and excuse: I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.

I won’t subject you to that. We’ve had enough shame, haven’t we?

Nor will I say I love you. I do, in my stunted way. But we both know our relationship has been fraught and…

Danielle Thys

www.daniellethys.com @daniellethys #whyiloveoakland #RESIST #GoVeg #BecauseScience #artsandculture

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