By Jayne Dough
I can carry the weight of the world on my pubic bone.
When you rest your fingers there, or on my hip
You touch the universe
Large, weighty, expanding, and infinite.
And lose yourself in me.
I can take it.
I will hold you for a while
Feel the shape of you
And then return you
A little smaller and a little larger
Than you were before.
Jayne Dough is a pseudonym adopted to honor the Toronto woman, Jane Doe, who bravely sued the police for mishandling her rape case. Although we don’t know her name, Jane Doe helped a generation of women in the city of Toronto. Jayne Dough writes as one of the many unnamed women who have endured and supported a cycle of abuse. Now coming from a place of security and peace, she wants to be outspoken about her experience. Much gratitude to The Ride or Die Project for creating a platform that embraces the intricate complexity of these issues. Much love.