j’ai abandonné mon visage à toi | a poem

I entrusted you with my face

I put it in your hands

and left

*

I came back to revisit myself

when you were never done with me

and I comprehended how easily

a face bends to someone else’s will

how it moulds itself into degrading submission

and how it doesn’t remember me

at all

*

I am a memory to you

a memory that you pull out of your hat and sleeves

whenever you please

your memory never tells you who I really was

and when you think about me

you negate all my wounds

because they have always been

what brought me to you

My own drawing © Laura Gentile 2022 | Instagram: @melpomenepaintings

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