This is my body. 
I have weathervanes. They are especially sensitive to dust storms and hurricanes. 
When I am nervous, my teeth chatter like a wheelbarrow collecting rain 
I am rusty when I talk: 
It’s the storm in me. 

The doctor said some day I might not be able to walk 
it’s in my blood like the iron 
my mother is tough as nails, 
she held herself together the day she could no longer hold my niece 
we said, 
“Our kneecaps are our prayer beds 
everyone can walk further on their kneecaps than they can on their feet.” 

This is my heartbeat 
Like yours, it is a hatchet. 
It can build a house or tear one down. 
My mouth is a fire escape, 
the words coming out don’t care that they are naked, 
there is something burning in here. 
When it burns, 
I hold my own shell to my ear, 
listen for the parade when I was seven. 
The man who played the bagpipes wore a skirt 
he was from Scotland; 
I wanted to move there, 
wanted my spine to be the spine of an unpublished book, 
my faith the first and last page 
the day my ribcage became monkeybars for a girl hanging on my every word 
they said, 
“you are not allowed to love her,” 
tried to take me by the throat to teach me 
I was not a boy, 

I had to unlearn their prison-speak 
refuse to make wishes on the star on the sheriff’s chest, 

I started asking the sun about the Big Bang 
the sun said, “it hurts to become.” 
I carried that hurt on the tip of my tongue 
and whisper “bless your heart” every chance I get 
so my family tree can be sure I have not left 
you do not have to leave to arrive, I am learning this slowly 

So sometimes when I look in the mirror 
my eyes look like the holes in the shoes of the shoe-shine man 
my hands are busy on the wrong things. 
Some days, I call my arms wings while my head is in the clouds 
It will take me a few more years to learn flying 
is not pushing away the ground 
safety isn’t always safe 
you can find one on every gun. 
I am aiming to do better. 

This is my body. 
My exhaustion pipe will never pass inspection 
and still my lungs know how to breathe like a burning map 
every time I get lost in the curtain of her hair 
you can find me by the window 
following my past to a trail of blood in the snow 
the night I opened my veins, 
the doctor who stitched me up asked me if I did it for attention. 
For the record: 
If you have ever done anything for attention, 
this poem is attention. 
Title it with your name 
it will— scour the city bridge every night you spend kicking at your shadow, 
staring at the river, 
it does not want to find your body doing anything but loving what it loves 
love what you love 
Say “this is my body, 
it is no one’s but mine, 
it is my nervous system 
my wanting blood, 
my half-tamed addictions, 
my tongue tied-up like a ball of Christmas lights 
if you put a star on the top of my tree, make sure it is a star that fell, 
make sure it hit bottom like a tambourine 
‘cause all these words are stories for the staircase to the top of my lungs, 
where I sing what hurts 
and the echo comes back 
“Bless your heart” 
Bless your body.” 
Bless your holy kneecaps, they are so smart 
You are so full of rain, 
there is so much growing, 
hallelujah to your weathervanes, 
hallelujah to the ache 
hallelujah to your full, to the fall, 
hallelujah to the grace, 
and every body 
and every cell 
of us all.


i’m so tired and all i want is you lying next to me. i want to hear your heartbeat and feel your skin against mine. i want your arm around me as we slowly drift off to sleep. i want to feel you gently kiss me, but i’ll pretend i’ve already fallen asleep, but i’ll just smile inside, knowing a moment like this couldn’t be any more perfect.

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