Poem: Nostalgia

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Reminder triggers are a concern on Tod Leben.

This poem- Nostalgia- is found in [Autist] and [Poem a Day May 2020]


Triggers: bullying; abuse; masking; autist


listening to old songs
from a time when
my body hadn’t
become a woman yet

those words I’d sing
without any idea
what they meant
but it’s a pretty girl
I like to sing

I’ll dance around
I like to dance
to feel the music
it moves through me
I’ll lose my mind

can I be such a thing?
can I sing and dance too?
or am I wrong?
society says
I can’t
my inabilities are there

why did they stop me singing?
why was dancing through the aisles wrong?
well guess what school
and market
and strangers alike
I’ll sing and dance
as much I as like
because your rules are worthless

for a time when I was afraid
afraid to be myself
to listen and understand myself
I’ll sing out loud
I’ll dance to whatever I please
all music flows through me
I won’t deny

society’s rules are trash
sing and dance, child
no one should deny you art and life
I may not be paid
(you probably shouldn’t)
but I will sing
I will dance
join me being yourself

[Poetry Archive] [Autist] [Poem a Day May 2020]

Autist by Cat Gillette cover
Poem a Day May 2020 by Tod Leben cover

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