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My Body is Not a Democracy: A Free Verse Poem of Empowerment

Jennifer Wilber is an author and freelance writer from Ohio. She holds a B.A. in creative writing and English.


My body is not a democracy.

Debates and popular vote have no influence

Over the laws of the land.

They are decided by my ruling, alone.

Nor is it a dictatorship,

To be overthrown by force.

Mutineers will be swiftly exiled.

Invaders will be destroyed at the gates.


It is not a theocracy,

To be governed by an unseen deity,

With rules interpreted and enforced by men

Who created the “God” in their own images.

My body is a monarchy,

In which I am the sovereign queen.

My power, granted by royal birth,

Cannot be taken away.


Why I Wrote This Poem

I wrote this poem to empower women to have the courage to take control of their own lives and their own bodies. Even in 2018, women are constantly told what to do with their own bodies. From politicians trying to would restrict women from being able to access needed healthcare, to relatives of child-free women pressuring them to “settle down” and have children; from male romantic partners expecting physical intimacy anytime they want, to our society as a whole pressuring women to have certain body types that are completely unrealistic and unachievable for most of us, women face too much pressure and unwanted input regarding our bodies. This poem is meant to speak out against this and to tell women that they are the only ones who can make decisions regarding their own bodies.

© 2018 Jennifer Wilber