short shorts

on my list
of things to do
    wear short shorts.

Greyscale filter; leg with short swim shorts

the place i lined
with paper clips so sharp:

my little secret—
    no one knows.
        of the scars,
        of the lines,
        of the evidence
hidden on my thighs.

my cry for escape—
    therapy, therapist, drafted response.
both signed, both dated:
    a list
    of things
    to do

Part of i didn’t ask, a recent poetry collection I put together. I considered putting it into a book, but it’s a small, ongoing collection of poems about my past and who I am today.

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