#Poetry Wed: “I Guess By Now I Thought I’d Be Done With Shame” by Franny Choi

“I Guess By Now I Thought I’d Be Done With Shame”

“but I opened my coat to prove a point
and kept coming home with colds.
I thought I was done stuffing fists
in my mouth to mute the sound.
Done lying about what trails my throat
had charted. I practiced looking tall
men in the eye, spoke loudly,
pronounced every ‘R.’
I chopped wood at midnight.
I left the shower and kept
singing. I sang about my body
like I was proud. I was proud.
I was…”

-Read the entire poem at The Offing.

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