What People See

by Maya Sabatino
Art by Michelle Lang
Issue: Serein (Summer 2016)

it’s been bothering me for a while.

Like when I wanna wear a baseball hat,
and then I realize I’ve never done that.

Sometimes I fear what people see,
when all I want is to dress edgy.

And when I try to be extra frilly,
everyone thinks that I’m too girly.

I wanna wear a pair of overalls,
and try to fight the obstacles.

But the fear is just too great,
to conquer all the people’s hate.

I’ve been stabbed in the back,
‘cause they laugh when I wear too much black.

Sometimes I feel I’m in a corset,
when others try to make me force it.

I’m in a game of chess,
when picking an outfit takes too much stress.

They try to make me act the same,
and I have no power to complain.

If I could just forget their thoughts,
I could wear a pair of culottes.

Why can’t I change from day to day,
and ignore what other people say.

Confines my passion,

Various envelopes are scattered about on a surface. The topmost one is open and contains decorative paper and ribbons.