“If you could change anything about yourself

What would it be?”

The question that haunts

Children endlessly


“I’d change my hair”

One replies

Another –

“My eyes”


“I’d change my voice”

“My clothes”

“My face”

“My toes”


Endless, shallow answers

All seemingly are

Responses to this question

Of which with we spar


When in turn I answer

When I speak aloud

When they hear my words

After – not a sound


“To change what has happened

Or to change my attributes

Would change my very being

Something I refute


“To change my childhood

Riddled with abuse

Would change how strong I am

Would change my choice to choose


“To alter the smallest

Most insignificant of things

Would in turn alter

Who I turned out to be.”


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