we are gathered in truce to discuss our differences, my therapist seated between us.
my roadrunner legs point past the door in case. we are gathered in truth,
because my therapist said it was time to stop running, & i pay my therapist too much
to be wrong, so i am here. in case my therapist is right. my monsters, coyotes in the
chase, look almost human in the sterile office light. my monsters say they just
want to be friends. i remember when we first met, me & my monsters. i remember the moment
i birthed each one. each time i tried to shed a piece of myself, it grew into a monster. take this
one with the collar of belly fat around its neck, the monster called Chubby, Husky, Big Boy.
i climbed out of that skin as fast as i could, only to see some spirit give it legs. i ran & it never stopped
chasing me. each new humiliation coming to life & following after me. after me, a long procession of sad
monsters. each monster hungry to drag me back, to return me to the dirt i came from. ashes
to ashes, fat boy to fat. i point my feet to the nearest exit, all my fire alarms go off.
my monsters crowd around me, i stare into a no-fun house of mirrors showing me all the angles i try
to forget. my therapist says i can’t make the monsters disappear no matter how much i pay her.
all she can do is bring them into the room, so i can get to know them, so i can learn
their names, so i can see clearly their toothless mouths, their empty hands, their pleading eyes.
*originally published in The Rumpus for National Poetry Month