please let me be an umbrella
unfolding, arms spreading, taking up space
i was taught wasn’t mine. reclaiming the air around me
without apology. uncrossing my dainty legs,
knees apart, i open my chest and the words
tumble out, raw, for you to draw over your head.
an umbrella. each cat-call slides off like rain
before it can reach you. each piercing whistle
just our background noise, birds calling at twilight
reminding the world they exist, taking up space.
Details: Umbrella is unpublished. It was written by me in 2013 for a LIT class at Charles Sturt University.