My antenna became active
as I grew up, learning
in home, school, community.
They learned what was
safe and unsafe, what was
familiar and unfamiliar,
where caution was needed
who would help or harm me.

I could never see my antenna
but I soaked up what they told me;
that bosses were allowed to treat
employees as they wished,
that people named as friends
could mock me, drain the
energy out of me,
that family and partners
could rule my life,
that I could not live my life
without a man.

In time I learned that
my antenna understood survival
but not living. Now I learn
each day to live more fully, and
my antenna learn from me.


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