I long to be strong and unaffected
walking down the street trying not
to catch my boot heels
you stare, I pretend not to see
umm hello, cross the road, near hit by a car
so strong my need to get away
while I long to stay

just because my mind begs
just because my body screams ripe
don’t address me, don’t look, don’t touch
do not engage me
I am hungry but helpless
like and english child salivating
holding chop sticks