It's a simple question


‘What do you do?’


I've been asked

countless times and

answered differently

depending on context

or confidence -


but from Now on

I will not let

one - adjective -

describe me -


I am Everything


Nothing -


others can label me

as they see fit -

but no mold can hold

Me -


I am a woman

of independence -


meaning my life lies

between schisms - and

glass slippers don’t come

in - half sizes -


Women like me

have to rewrite

the fairy tales


and I wonder

If I'm drawn to the

pink-fleshed salmon

because they too

know what it's like

to swim - upstream


but I prefer

to live in saline waters

not just tears and sweat


the ocean cleanses -

stinging, so I know

healing, isn’t far behind -