Nature has treated us
        differently than men:
        they are stronger,
        yet we carry more.


        We labor over life,
        and love: endlessly
        mending… darning
        socks, kissing injuries.


        Our bodies become
        strange to us: time
        does not treat us well.
        Those whom we love


        often injure us most.
        We say: this is nature.
        Women do well with
        pain; love is strange.


                                                                                                        ~Lindsey Bellosa