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Poem by Haylee Penfold // photograph by Blitzed Images

I’ve been told it takes seven years

for your skin to completely renew.

How refreshing it was to me,

to know that I am finally free of any trace of you.


My thighs that show the scars

of what high school put me through,

slowly seem to fade.


Now the only marks left on me,

are the tattoos I choose,

to tell the stories

I am not yet brave enough

To speak with words.

Haylee Penfold

Haylee Penfold, she/her, is a twenty something, chronic illness advocate who is passionate about all things sex education and pleasure positivity. Will also bring up Harry Styles in any context she can.

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