(for my stretch marks)

(for my stretch marks)


i’ve got badass lightning strikes on my thighs

did i ever tell you?

well i do

i’ve got crooked knees and

blurred vision

ears that could use cleaning

tiny wrists and a scar on my thumb

the occasional gray hair

acne scars and a chipped tooth

all of which are beautifully me

but my favorite – easily –

are the badass


white lines

that decorate my thighs

i wear my stripes

like a fucking warrior

Yesterday I held a human brain

Yesterday I held a human brain in my latex hands
And everyone squealed and wrinkled and poked and prodded and I was silent
This is all I am
One brain that I thought would look more like a file cabinet and less like coral
One brain and one heartbeat fading in and out subliminal messages
One crooked knee (times two)
One bellybutton and one broken scar on my chest
One pattern of swirling indentations on the surface of my fingers
One body that is essentially a soft turtle shell for my soul
One body that will leave me when I leave it, rotting and disintegrating like magic
And it is all I am
And I am all it is
Human brains are stiffer than I thought
You can’t squeeze them and force the memories to come out