Identity

What makes up your identity is more than meets the eye.

 

Circumference of ideas

Splash of colours

Little quirks

The things that make me

That hold me steady

Smudge the words on that letter

Can not marry

Achy war wound

Identity

Faded lover

Brand new lines

Bright blue eyes

Got that hair

Jealousy miles

Twitchy fingers

Scratchy mind

Seen by some

Harder to find

Identity

Mirror image of softer spoken words

Entwined slowly in verses

Queer

Still here

Same in some ways

Different in others

Goals and dreams

Screams

Smiles for another

Bumping elbows

Learning ways

Rainbow heartstrings

Left brained displayed

Minority contemplating

Still refuse

To hide identity

We didn’t choose

Acceptance

In a piece by piece review

Impatient others

No time to enjoy the view

Self-love chosen freely

Hold the hand closest to your heart

Identity accepted by me

Tough beginning

New start

 

Words by Kayla Bentley

Illustration by Sarah Nguyen

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