The Preserver


walled up like a cardboard box

a constricted comfort zone that’s

transportable from one identity to the next

one address to the next

malleable; tender.


Fragility is easier to manage when safely boxed up and carelessly thrown

onto  someone else’s



safe from acceptance, safe from rejection, so concerned with being safe you lost yourself.


but what

colonised you- created those borders?

Who told you, you could not be liberated

and preserved?


So slowly

unfurl- stretch each joint

uproot the antennae which  have grown longer than your body

expand your mass

until the borders are unbearable

then beyond them

trace yourself again in your parent’s smile


and rely.

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