I've tailored so many suits, Switching out mismatched buttons for shining brass, And restoring fabric worn thin over years of well-loved use.
But I cannot tailor this traitorous skin to fit me right. In some placed it's too lose, In others too tight… I cannot switch out the pieces of me I'd rather live without For new pieces shining with pride. There is no way to restore a body to what it should have been, Or even to the simple majesty of what it once was.
Young and ignorant of its uneven seams.
I've hemmed ladies' skirts to the perfect lengths So they no longer need to worry about tripping over the excess. Hemmed them to show just the right amount of ankle Or perhaps none at all..
But I cannot hem myself..
This excess emotion staining my voice denoted me as "she." And I trip over my own voice that no longer fits in my mouth.. While gorgeous girls in gowns show off thin strips of themselves, I am left trying to hide every piece of my skin.
This is why I have risked sunstroke in the dead of summer Wearing a hoodie and jeans to keep me safe. This is why swimming pools are often synonymous with nightmare.
I no longer know how to wear this body with pride.
So when they ask me when I knew I wasn't a girl… I have to restrain my urge to laugh and cry all at once. Because when do we know that something is not as perfect as we once thought.. Only once it has been shown to us and we've been told to fix it.
I wish I could go back to being ignorant of my uneven seams. These uneven seams that I cannot rip out unless I want to bleed out. These uneven seams that I will never be able to fix to perfection.
But maybe… Slowly, Ever so slowly, We might be able to stretch the seams of this world. So that no child has to learn to hate or fear Their jagged edges Their unhemmable spaces…
… … … …
But I cannot be one of those children.. So I will use chemicals to hem my voice.. Readjust my buttons… Stretch my seams… I will find a seamster more experienced then I To rip out these traitorous strings And rearrange the fabric to a more seemly drape.
I will use new fabric to cover up the patterns I am no longer proud of… The patterns that cloud my days… I will mend my ways Learning to live in a patchwork maze Until my spirit can return to where it truly belongs In a beautiful blaze. - EPL 11/6/2017
I decided recently to try to put my mind back together and isn't working the pieces of my mind are a maze that I don't know the answer to so keep on turning left turning left and turning left hoping that I don't end up in the same spot that I did when I started.
We all have things we don’t talk about anymore things that we left in the past far behind us things that we don’t like to think about.
I’ve forgotten all my memories not exactly where they used to be and I just don’t want to talk about them anymore we all have things we don’t talk about anymore.
You want to ask me if I’m lost well of course and lost… everybody’s lost sometimes. It’s never our fault but we choose to see it that way and so I’ve been looking through other people’s eyes to see if they can see what I’m supposed to be. If they know who I used to be.
Not the kind of identity crisis that you like to have that is the kind you keep around because it’s the only thing you can call home. I’ve been searching for pieces of my life through other people because maybe they remember something about me that I don’t I am lost… of course and lost. Repeating words, and phrase so I don’t forget them like the rest of my memory.
I’m not trying to steal anything that belongs to you I’m just trying to look for myself and if you have the key to that then I might as well chase you down as long as I can live.
Or maybe I just want your life because I can’t find mine because I’ve been looking through different people and not finding the me I used to want to be I am lost. So please don’t make me out to be the bad guy I am not trying to steal what used to be yours, I’m only trying to take back what’s mine.
I’ve stayed up countless nights and I still can’t find myself and maybe music is the only key out of that but I haven’t heard much lately. I haven’t slept in a few days and nobody’s been able to stop me there are things we do not talk about anymore. There are people that we do not talk to anymore. Our songs we don’t sing anymore because we don’t remember what they used to mean to us there are songs I have left so many years ago.
I don’t recognize myself in the mirror so maybe I can recognize myself in the reflection of a window of somebody else. I’ve heard a voice singing in my own ears and I wonder if it’s my own voice telling me to wake up. Staying up late at night thinking about all this is a habit that I thought I forgot years ago and yet it still comes back and I’m lost again in this maze of my own memory turning left turning left open to get to the end. So yes I am lost but if you’re willing to catch me maybe this maze isn’t as dangerous as it used to be.
There I was, caught in labyrinth. Time & time again I found myself lost. Following Cupid's arrow. Round & round I turned. Still I was a fool to not admit my denial. Chasing an arrow not meant for me. Around and around I sought. Like a dog chasing it's tail
how does one get a wink of sleep when at 11 am tomorrow morning i'll be sporting the latest hospital gown being picked apart like a game of operation while i'm high off who knows what they put in those **** needles that knock you straight to counting multi colored sheep
i used to be curious, full of questions always wandering what more i could possibly soak in like a sponge, knowledge is power they said.
it's probably killed 7 of my 9 lives, turned teammates into mazes, lovers into strangers, pandora's box laughs in my face every **** time. (so i'll be careful with these last two lives) quite frankly i'd like to wave my white flag with knowledge- my bones are too weak to fight you any further