The Bus Stop DialoguesI.The Bus Stop Dialogues5 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
A young man at the bus stop
turns to me and softly asks
"Why aren't you wearing shoes?"
He taps the faded leather
of his suedo-skin
and his eyes smile in a gentle lilt
before his mouth does.
I tell him that I like
to feel the earth breathe.
That textures keep my mind alive
and ticking like a clock.
I tell him that I'm trying to grow roots
so my pale limbs can twist into a tree
(the way L and I talked about it in therapy).
I tell him that my soul is lonely
and the ground is the only thing that's always there.
I tell him that bare skin is sensitive
and stroking it with every (twelfth) step
is a soothing form of self-care.
I tell him that I walk on water
and if I had shoes; I'd drown.
I tell him that my soles bruise
until they match my soul.
I tell him that my bones are soft
and the soil sews them back into reality
when I'm losing grip on sanity.
I tell him that I'm praying
one day I'll step on a syringe.
I shrug my shoulders,
open my mouth and say
"I just didn't feel like weari
Don't You DareDon't you dare judge meDon't You Dare2 years ago in Free Verse More Like This
I'm a human being
Not a 'ragamuffin' with no sense of style
I choose based on comfort, not colors
And I act how I want
I dress badly for the school pictures because
They always try to
Make me look pretty
You're taking a picture of
Not some sweet little girl in the eighth grade
Don't you dare touch me
My arms are tender
And my face is bruised
I fall down a lot
Don't touch my hair when I mention
I hate when people do that
I'm a girl
Not a Barbie doll
Even if I look like one
In fact, don't even look at me
I don't mind someone
Who pays attention to detail
And points out mistakes
But on you, I hate it
Because you only ever
My pouch is a safety net, not a complication
No, don't take it
I need that
I'm scared without it
Don't ask me to change
My feeling of security
I don't over complicate things on purpose
So quit acting like I do
You wonder why we don't
Have the best relationship
I'm always being judged