My Clothes Speak to Men For Me

(But I'm the Crazy Bitch)

by Elfie

My Clothes Speak to Men For Me (But I'm the Crazy Bitch)

 

A floral dress asked for:

               razor blade fingernails 

               leaving cuts too shallow

               to kill, too quick to heal

               for a promise of love

              (This was not love)

 

Tailored shorts asked for:

                sandpaper palms

                striking matchstick legs

                I just want to feel your warmth

                feel my body ablaze 

                with horror

 

Pyjamas asked for:

                blackmail breath

                peeling off layers

                with words alone

                leaving behind

                a girl of stone

 

What they really asked for:

                                             nothing.

 Elfie is a writer and poet, mainly of LGBTQ+ and mental health themed works, from Derbyshire, England. Her debut poetry chapbook Will You Still Love Me if I Love Her? was published in February 2019, and she has been featured in Constellate Literary Journal and Royal Rose Magazine, among others.

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