Remember back to that girl we all know Sittin' on the can,lookin' at the flow "What's going on, Am I okay? I wish my mom was home today" No ceremony or ritual here Left all alone with blood and fear Where is the crowd of wimmin strong? Welcoming her to womanhood with gifts and song? The only words of wisdom now Are "Feminine Protection' and the pamphlet showing how Protection from who, protection from what? This is no illness, wound or cut Why is it gross now that she bleeds? My body is dirty? That's what she reads These questions die out, As she slowly gives up Just buys the tampax and quickly shuts up It's easy to get hooked on the secrecy The discreet and clean and sanitary...
Now years have passed and its just a habit Every month just go and grab it Not thinking of all the money we've spent Like when I had my period, so I was short on rent But how much can they cost these days? Plus the tax of course, that each womban pays A few bucks a box, we dish out all the time And we don't even notice when they go up a dime The average years of bleeding are from about 12 to 50 And even the womban who tries to be thrifty Will pay as much as 2 grand maybe And even more if she wont breastfeed her baby Because of course her breasts are denied They think "there's no baby it must have died!" "We must ovulate quickly!" they tell the ovaries "We must make a new baby so the breasts will be pleased" So her cycle returns sooner if its the bottle she chooses And more money is spent on the pads that she uses Each moon, a new box, more money is lost And we can be sure they will only rise in cost Questioning this, I search for an answer And suddenly hear that tampons cause cancer! And than slowly... slowly, all the rumors start to reach me And those long lost wimmin gather round to teach me What is this scary talk? This news I'm being told These products we believe in are poisons being sold!? Every time we push one in, every pad we use Is literally killing us, it's our body we abuse They're releasing dioxins, pesticides and bleach In some very absorbent tissues is where these toxins leach Now 2 and 2 are put together by the medical field All these horrid illnesses are what these products yield Yeast infections, Toxic Shock, as well as birth defects Endometriosis, and even painful sex Cervical, ovarian and uterine cancer Toxic to the immune system, a sickness enhancer "These things have been proven" Playtex admits Dioxin causes cancer, even in your tits!
But we are not the only ones, poisoned by the crap Mother Earth is being killed, as she hold us in her lap Think of all the boxes we use, in just one bleeding year These all end up somewhere, not so far from here The pads all go in the garbage, wrappers, blood and all Taken out in the trash bag, from the bathroom stall From here its to the landfill, where they lay forgot But Mother Earth cannot ignore them, they take so long to rot The tampons are so easily flushed, to a place we call 'away' To float somewhere in our oceans, or on our beaches they will lay The wasteful plastic applicators tell some scary tales The chemicals in the plastic are turning all animals into females They are called endocrine disrupters, and do specifically that Change the body's hormones by being stored in the body's fat They mimic the hormone estrogen, and will gladly take its place The proof is in the animals, but soon... the human race The cardboard applicators are not better in any way As bleach is used, dioxin released, and dioxin does not decay It will hang around us for many hundred years Poisoning our children, causing many tears So next time you reach for that pastel box, think about your daughter Will you tell her you helped to kill the earth, and put hormones in her water?
So with all this scary info its time we change our mind Choose awareness over ignorance and leave the lies behind An important step in this process is accepting that we bleed We are half the population! Wimmin it's time we are freed Our blood is not to be feared! It's a symbol of what we all know That there is magick inside our bellies, a place where the mysteries grow What are you really doing, when you throw away your blood? In a mess of garbage landfill, with the rats and trash and mud This sacred, powerful part of us deserves a lot more respect No wonder our bodies create illnesses, from all this hate and neglect Our blood is a symbol of power! Embrace it - it's yours We don't ever need to hide it behind the bathroom doors! We hold the power within us, fertility to create a child Each moontime gently reminds us, we wimmin are part of the Wild
To celebrate this magick there's more than just one way They do not poison our bodies and healthy the Earth will stay Instead of toxic plastic, chopping trees and buying lies Our Grannies knew the ways, they held cloth between their thighs It doesn't bunch or chafe or ever snag your hairs "It feels so soft and comfy!" each new cloth-wearer declares They last for 5 years at least and cost about 5 dollars They do not help make garbage, or support the forest fallers When soaked in cold water they rinse so fresh and clean Just throw them with your laundry into the washing machine To choose this way of bleeding, the blood is not thrown away It doesn't end up rotting on plastic that wont decay It's so good for your houseplants, they'll turn healthy green Its far superior for them than any cow's blood meal they've seen
Another positive, healthy way to catch your blessed flow Is The Keeper, a neat little menstrual cup, great when you're on the go It's made from a healthy rubber, from a tree that's tapped, not sawed It's so comfy there inside me, truly I was awed It's the best 45 bucks I've spent in such a long time And because it lasts a decade, I'll not spend another dime It's safe, non leaking and there's no surprise And if you've had a baby you get a different size
Also there are sponges from your local health food store They are like reusable tampons that last 3 cycles or more They are about 7 dollars whish is not too high a price They have no wings, no strings or things they are just simply nice! The common complaint of these sponges is they leak if you only sneeze They don't hold much, a woman told me, she changes it each time she pees
And even if you won't give up your tampons, or disposable pad There are healthy alternatives, that are not all that bad They still pollute the Earth, but not quite so badly But their prices are much different, I will tell you sadly They are made without chlorine bleach, and are made of 100% cotton This is better for us humans, but the Earth is still forgotton And even these cotton saviors, have their little flaws Like 157 pesticides are allowed in the cotton laws There are some I've seen, that do not have this fault Organic Essentials and Natracare, but head for your money vault!
There is another product I've tried, a disposable little cup But being made of plastic, I quickly gave it up They come by the name Instead, and were sold at Overwaitea But individually wrapped and in a box, was too much garbage for me Also they were pricey, and created quite a mess I would never tust these products, wearing a new white dress!
So in closing wimmin, I bless you with the power of choices We all now hold this awareness, we just need to use our voices Stand up for our beautiful bodies, our uterus and its health And save yourselves some money, enjoy the extra wealth It's time we call for action, tell wimmin, get them riled Because each moontime gently reminds us, we wimmin are part of the Wild!
***Bethy*** Springtime 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org
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