Weekly Write: “My Body Hasn’t Been Mine” by Michelle Dodd

My Body Hasn’t Been Mine

My body hasn’t been mine
since the pregnancy test.
I can’t stop apologizing for it.
I didn’t learn what warmth feels like,
the sun doesn’t shine underneath my skin.
My body wants to apologize
for not shining from the inside out
Yet, my body is not sorry for resembling yours,
destructive and breathing,

keeping this life line alive.


Michelle Dodd is a spoken word artist based out of Richmond, Virginia. She has performed for TedxWomenRVA in 2016. She is a fellow of The Watering Hole Writing Retreat. She was a member of The Writer’s Den Slam Team in 2016 and 2017; a team placing among the top teams in the USA. Dodd has been published in Whurk Magazine, K’in Literary Journal, The Scene and Heard Journal, SWWIM, and Wusgood online magazine. She has self published two chapbooks of poetry in 2017. She is one of the coaches, for the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) CUPSI slam team for 2018, that placed 3rd internationally.




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