How they teach you about yourself

So writing poetry about animals seems to be a thing I do now. This is a follow-up to how they teach you about living, dedicated to the tiny furball I’m now responsible for keeping alive, healthy and happy.

how they teach you about yourself

i want to tell you
about those who came before you
who shaped parts of my heart
and left gold and green eyes there.

i want to tell you
that my temper is frostbite and silence
and i fear the limits of my patience
and that i might not love enough.

i want to tell you
about my discomfort with vulnerability
and how it stems from anxiety around
my lack of capacity for gentleness.

i want to tell you
about all i have broken and ended
and that i do not believe i deserve
to be relied upon or needed.

instead i calmly allow you
to carelessly dig through my skin
in the quiet hours before morning
and know that i will treasure these scars.

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