Appropriation (or how man stole my autonomy)

By Jessica Enriquez

This poem was written in the style of Jericho Brown’s Duplex.


The men in my country have been taught to believe 

Women are property.

A plot of land made for a marketable production

Although the plowing makes it infertile


Although the plowing makes it infertile,

Women in the village light altars in the pastures


To burn bodies corrupted by an innate desire for contact

Of gentle fingers sliding against ribs—


Ribs and hips that must be repressed, rebuilt

To please hands outstretched to impose or ravage


Pigweeds, thistle any living thing born outside order

The order of a figure made in the image of God


The women in my country have been raised to believe

They are property.


Featured image courtesy of Bali Fine Art Female Artists Bali.

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  • Camila Dejesus

    Magazine & Media Editor, Camila Dejesus has been writing since she was a child and enjoys all forms from creative writing down to narrative analysis. She graduated from Brooklyn College with a bachelor's in Television and Radio Production and works full-time at Latinitas Magazine. In her free time, she loves writing stories, water coloring, or playing songs on her Baritone Ukulele. Now, her greatest passion is finding new topics that will engage and inspire Latinx youth.

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