James Diaz

Everything and Everyone 

I was only just beginning 
I was only just 

I took off my layers 
my shame my skin
I said “if I know you I know you”
and everything we need to be good 
and settled is just a small breath away

I took it lower
my whole face 
against the parking lot pavement 
some are born this way 
I’ve seen it happen 

enough gets taken 
and a person becomes gone inside 

I’m done with cruelty
with small hands mouths minds 
let them have it
whatever this is

when they ask you what you love
tell them: everything

everything 
and everyone

and I am only just beginning. 

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