This morning you woke a stranger
Did those old dreams try to kill you?
Yet you fought so hard to become the others
Sought and wore their tailored faces

The mirror stares back;
You know you’ve failed
Not everyone
Just that fool in the glass

How did you hope you would pass?
Silk scratches like burrs
Fingers swell and itch
Your body’s saying what your mind can’t

You throw off your favorite shirt and tie
Run naked down the hall
Shove the window up and scream

Your shout scares the sky