Stretch Marks

My stretch marksAre fairy scratches Visible and invisible

Like a fine feather Tickling my inner thighs My lower back and my hips

They are tattoos Passive self-mutilation Stuffing my body with more

They are me My past my present Pointing towards my future

They are not me I am a different woman Than the girl I used to be

Pinstripe reminders Warnings of weakness Branding my skin

Battle wounds Between me and myself Heal but never disappear.