things i know well / by Ellen Sorensen

there are things that i know well

like being proper and kind and 

how to cover my body 

so no one can see

anything about me 


they made it my default 

so i tried for a while to comply

and i thought i was happy 

because i was making everyone else 



turns out, that lifestyle

is not sustainable


so i learned new things

like how to wear red lipstick 

and move my body in ways that felt right

and implemented healthy boundaries 


sometimes i think about all those sunday's 

i sat in pews

how i developed love and friendship 

but also expectations, guilt, and fear

it still doesn't make sense 


but when sit down 

in the middle of the woods 

it starts to