Spoken Word: 2 Poems by Kat Stanshine

Spoken Word: 2 Poems by Kat Stanshine

Somatic after CA Conrad

I want to know
how the butterfly feels
before constructing its cocoon
          Does it crawl consciously
          into its future, or does it fall
          too fast to make a choice
               I am not a butterfly,
               but a cocoon feels too sacred a space
               to appear as an accident
                    We are all dancing,
                         falling into & out of orbit
               We can get close
                    enough to touch,
               but like planets
          we should not
               Of course, I am not a planet
               I live too close
          & the day is too beautiful
      to live in sadness
          & I will not be sorry, instead
                 I will be thankful for every heart
                 I’ve ever touched

I Will Grow Ten Stories Tall

I feel like a fraud
in my own body/my new body/

the one I chose to build so that I might see myself grow up
/and out/          just enough

jut into the world/refuse to let it hide
me     or myself

dandelion is flower/and weed/and I am
neither          more lion
than flower these days/swallowing every man
that dared to tame me          hoping to feel less afraid
but I won’t

yesterday     one took me to court/
made me a defense attorney at the trial
of my femininity

when you ask me     “are you a real girl?”
I’ll tell you yes

Poetry: One Poem by Gervanna Stephens

Poetry: One Poem by Gervanna Stephens

Spoken Word: 2 Poems by Christine Taylor

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