support is not

treading gently around my trauma

does not mean you are being kind -

most of all it means

you are scared of me

and unwilling to recognize

me in my fullness -

do not coo at my vulnerability :

i have given you my trust so

honor it by celebrating my presence

rather than gawking at or ignoring it -

 

i fucking hate performing…

… is there nothing more exhausting than

wearing yourself as a costume?

 

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