He hands over my driver’s license and calls me by name
I’m still learning to own the name I was given at birth
Still becoming who I came here to be
Absorbent and embodiment of the goddess
I search as if I need help finding her as if she
Resides in external substances and situations
And not within
Where she hides when she doesn’t believe
She is safe.
How many lifetimes has she received punishment
For being too much of something?
The truth of me is unruly and unbroken
beauty and break-through
grit and grace
flesh and fluid
Am I safe?
Either we are never safe or we are ultimately safe
This is all temporary—my greatest heartbreak.