Period Piece

Sharon Bhagwan Rolls
Posted May 26, 2019 from Fiji

we share

a blood line 

pain tainted rags and napkins

hushed conversations from the cane field to the classroom

that time of the month 

connects us

that early warning bloated feeling 

yes the mood swings irritate me but not as much as your casual taunts!!

oh lord the zit!  

the embarrasment of a blood stained dress   

forced to scrub, scrub, scrub away

the woman I have become 

I peel away the labels




To say

bring me the information so you can understand 

My cycle

remove the pink tax

so i don't have to choose a rag over flimsy pads 

so that i can go to school, work, play sports, swim


build us the red tent we deserve feed us the food we need so we are not anaemic

ask me about

My choice 

My needs

My cycle

is an inter-generational bloodline 

I share with my fore'mothers

I pass on to my daughter 

So that our sons will 

be better men. 


This story was submitted in response to Menstruation Matters.

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May 26, 2019
May 26, 2019

Its pleasurable reading through your period piece. Yeah, its complicated. The watching out all the time so you do not get stain is what that annoy me most puha. Thanks for sharing. Do have a great day.

Jill Langhus
May 27, 2019
May 27, 2019

Hi Sharon,

Thanks for sharing your powerful, period poem:-) Hope you're having a good day!

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
May 30, 2019
May 30, 2019

Wow, Sharon, this is such a lovely poem! Thank you for sharing it with us. Please post more.

Anita Shrestha
Oct 12, 2019
Oct 12, 2019

Thank you for sharing

Sinyuy Geraldine
Dec 10, 2019
Dec 10, 2019

Dear Sharon, thank you for your poem on periods. Yes, the beeds have to met so that the stigma on periods and taboos surrounding them can be broken.

Dec 22, 2019
Dec 22, 2019

Hi Sharon,
Thank you for sharing your period poem. Hope you doing fine.

Have a nice day dear!

Anita Kiddu Muhanguzi

Hi Sharon,
Thank you for your post. Yes mensuration matters and we need to educate and sensitize not only our daughters but our sons and the men in our communities so that they too can support these girls continue with their education.
Have a blessed day.