What am I trying to say?

There are places
that words just won’t reach

I can’t explain myself to you
or anyone else
Not if all you’re paying attention to
is my words

Words can only
gesture vaguely
at what I’m trying to say

Words can cut a path through the woods
But you have to look up sometimes
look away, and around
stop, and stare into the darkness
beyond where the path can take you
or you’ll miss the point entirely

I tell the truth of myself
in everything I do
in all that I am
and words will never do justice
to me, or anyone else

Not really

I am a metaphor
a shapeshifter
a unicorn
a rainbow

Please don’t ever take me literally
I am so much more than that


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