came into the world with nothing 
          but skin, bones and organs
          unable to control most of those 
          not even fingers and toes 
no smile no talent no song 
no accumulated anything
no pride no reputation no dreams
no reason to live
over time i’ve lost everything accumulated
lost pride lost reputation lost dreams
lost reasons to stay
lost a thousand tons of weight off my shoulders
but still fought to breathe
fought to smile fought to shine fought to sing
fought to hold my head up
and yet all the shades between nothing 
          and lost and found 
          and want and need
glimmer in every rainbow
the same as it glimmers
in every pot to piss in 
Phrase “You are made of almost nothing” altered from “The Dragonfly,” Louise Bogan.