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

and

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 -