and then there was growth

it is the first hour

of my fathers birthday

and familiar feelings of disappointment

clutch at my heart.

attempts to burden me with smallness

that is so gendered in nature.

the body and spirit weighed down

by another man

filling up too much space.

i release such doings

fighting off the triggers

of what once was.

feelings i have outgrown.

and i thank myself for this movement closer

because sometimes

we must remind ourselves that we are more than enough

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