Is It Too Late To Change My Name

Life Poem

I always knew something was off.
The shoe never fit.
When friends approached
the answering machine message
to leave one after the beep
never rang a bell.

I addressed them with a limp, tripped over
the disconnect between
what I said and
what I thought,
dragged myself over a speed bump
not saying hello,
or stating
who I was,

because who I was
couldn’t really be explained
in a birth assigned name,
on a ticket’s signature
I had the wrong name
this whole time, I was a Ben
or maybe a Seth, a Stephen?
No, not Stephen.

Something special,
distinguished and thorough and
thought provoking and, yes,
something that sparks wondrous curiosity,
something that would hint
to the mysteries of the universe
in my mind.


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photograph by Sandis Helvigs


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