I’ve stayed too long
in this dark place
preening in my childhood
sleeping away my youth
while high from a nip here and there
at mediocrity

I break this box open
and get slapped by the sun
this queen’s both alive
and dead

My fur’s on end
haunches up
whiskers razor the air
tail whips my prison to pieces
then I vomit a hairball on it
to expedite its decomp

I start to dry
then shed
claws break
exposing fingers
I split down the back
slip out
stretch up
stand tall
finally human

So done with being a pussy

October 4, 2014
Tressa Lee Breen


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