At school assembly the boys were told to leave
and we were shown pictures
of tubes and eggs,
that were round, not egg-shaped.
They showed us flat shiny squares
and tiny tubes that looked like sweets
and the nurse lady told us that when her first moon came
she thought she was dying.
I didn’t want to die.
But that was a long time ago, she said
and now girls get told about things
so that was OK.
Then the talking was over.
I thought about telling her I was scared,
even though girls now get told about things.
I saw Lindsay hang behind
she had boobs already
and we teased her
when secretly we wanted them too.
When I woke years later to the smell of rust
my legs stuck together
and the stain on my sheet
I thought, they never tell you that, do they-
red blood darkens to brown.
Get yourself motivated.
I LOVE Anne Emond!