The life that I’ve created

Look at the things I’ve collected The life that I’ve created The space I now let myself hold Even if others hate it SWD 05/2021

Butch

I finally read Stone Butch Blues And I think I understand why my mind Wanted to push this story aside It hurts just as much as I thought it might And its nudging open doors that I’ve been barricading since childhood SWD 03/2021 Stone Butch Blues

Belly

I wanna love that belly of yours Massage the thick barrier Protecting the system that keeps you alive Press my hands into its softness Kiss my finger tips along its gentle curve Make you think “Fuck anyone that says my belly isn’t beautiful” SWD 02/2021

Forgiveness

If I can’t forgive What hope is there for myself To be forgiven SWD 01/2021

Parallel to a Forest

I wish to outstretch my limbs Stand tall and sturdy against strong winds But gentle enough to let the world in Offer shelter within my leaves Soak up the sun and catch the breeze Oh, to grow parallel to a forest of trees SWD 04/2018 Updated 12/2020

Packed Bag

Am I somewhere in your packed bag The one you keep in case of emergency Or urgency Folded neatly between your clothes Or forgotten and shoved in last minute Did I even make the checklist SWD 12/2019 Updated 11/2020

I miss live music

I’m watching my favourite band Play past live shows From the comfort of my couch This soft fleece blanket Couldn’t compare to the comfort That warm, perspiring skin Brushing against one another brings I turn the volume up As loud as I can bear Then stand and close my eyes Letting the rhythm of the…

Wildfire

Wildfire, wildfire My, how you spread From thawing hearts To burning heads Marveled by your light Most fail to see You slowly but surely Consuming their trees First a small flame To help them keep warm Then fanning your flames ‘Til they pray for a storm SWD 07/2017 Updated 09/2020

Succulent

Like the succulent I left at work And couldn’t water for three months because of quarantine You, too, will grow more without me SWD 06/2020