You tell me “It’s just a phase.”
As if you are the one
Who feels the ache in my chest;
As if it’s you who wants to tear
And pull
And scratch the skin
Around my bones,
Peeling layer
On layer
On layer
Of misplaced flesh and tissue.

I tell you “This is not a phase.”

When I hear “Girl” called,
It is not me,
For I am only her to you,
To them,
To everybody else.
You see feminine features
Paired with my genderless mind
And think “What a waste”,
But… It’s only a waste
If I don’t take what I have
And build myself from the pieces.