agency (n).


You tried to take, and you took
some of my optimism, maybe, some of
the gentleness I used to have but
you did not succeed in draining
the ocean that swells in my heartsong,
the fire that ignites
the wildness in my eyes.

One year later, and
I still belong to me.

There is no other kind
of surviving
that matters
more than this.


[photo by Jamie Delaine].