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Breast Reduction Surgery

by Kim Lefort


 Image of the back of a woman with a portion of her breast in view.
Image credit: Annie Spratt on Unsplash

My breasts

weigh

me

down

Curve my back

Bruise my shoulders

Smother my ribs

Into the shape of female desirability

Skin and fat spill from my hands

as I try to grasp at my self-worth

Male gaze

Male touch

Male lips

heavied womanhood

If pain is currency for beauty

How can you explain the poverty

of my love reflected in the mirror.

But tomorrow the doctor will cut away

the patriarchal mass in my breasts

and I will take my first breath

of self-love, whole-chested.


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Black and white photo of the author, Kim Lefort.
Kim Lefort


Kim Lefort (she/her) is an aspiring writer based in Montreal, Canada. Her work has been published in the McGill student journal Samizdat. She likes frogs, folklore, and urban agriculture.

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