Begegnung | transgenerational poem

I expect the worst

because I have seen the worst

*

I overcome the houses of my childhood every single day

I come from the houses of my childhood every single day

*

what’s wrong with you

is a question that goes over my head

because it all started there

in all the faces before mine

the heads floating in time

*

you looked at me

and saw for the first time

a child who was never protected

*

you count on people never changing their minds

about you

*

your behaviour brings me back

into a room too small

within reach of a man who’s ready to attack

into the body of a child

but I’m at work

I’m working

but my body falls into itself

and I become a child

and you the man with a belt

the man who takes over

and you look at me

*

what’s wrong with you

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

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