Uncomfortable

women's black hair

 

Conditional love
spins like a broken record
harrowing trust

Sir are you aware you belong to a mental minority?
Do you happen to know
your chances of success are minimal
and your name
will be chewed up within the hour?

Ma’am are you aware you are spitting into a forest fire?
Do you know I’m the unpronounceable word
tickling your throat?
No you don’t get to be scared
I have come too far to act humble
just to keep you at a convenient distance
if I cannot break this wall
I’ll dig my way under it
so you’ll all remember
the girl with the soiled hands
and cut up back
and when I’m gone
you’ll think
lucky that isn’t me
but oh how I wish
I’d followed you

 

 

 

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18 thoughts on “Uncomfortable

  1. “Ma’am are you aware you are spitting into a forest fire?”
    Love that. I’m going to use that as much as I can…and if I choose not to say it out loud, just thinking it will remind me of you.

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  2. It’s the same for me too: Ma’am are you aware you are spitting into a forest fire?

    And also: Sir are you aware you belong to a mental minority?
    Do you happen to know
    your chances of success are minimal
    and your name
    will be chewed up within the hour?

    Your first stanza could stand on its own as micropoetry.

    Very good work, as always, Henna!

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