How do I see myself?

How do I want others to see me?

Which of these is my identity?

One, both or neither?

I realise every time I meet someone

I want to share with them

The essence of my being,

The essence of my conflict.

As we sit and talk about our day jobs

A silent conversation plays in my mind;

These are the thoughts I’d like to share instead.

But I don’t.

For fear of overwhelming,

Or revealing too much

Of what makes me me.

My Identity for now,

Hopefully not forever;

Originally self- published for an anthology called ‘Identity’ by One Beat Zines. Profits were evenly split between The Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity that supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment, and The Feminist Library in London, who are a registered charity run by volunteers since 1975 and are currently looking for a new home due to being priced out of Elephant & Castle. Please visit here for more information.