i’ve learned things

a poem written on 3 march or 4 march 2019 (middle of night)

Your hair looks so good today
They say
I brushed it
I say
You got a hair cut
They say
I brushed it
I say
I love it
They say
I brushed it
I say
I never used to brush my hair
I wore it up
All the time
I still do
Mostly
I used to want it to be straighter
Thinner
But my mom said it was beautiful
Moms do that
I also wanted my thighs to be thinner
I never told anyone
So my mom never said they were beautiful
Moms do that
Now I think they’re beautiful
Mostly
I’ve learned things
Mostly
Everyone wants something
Some thing to change
Their bodies, brains, bodegas
I’ve learned things
Mostly
To want change less
My thighs are fine
I say
My hair is fine
I say
When I put it up
When I brush it
And when I leave it the fuck down
I’ve learned things

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