Claws

i dont remember who told me they had discovered me
a rare metal
a precious secret
as if i had gone unnoticed until a different person laid
eyes on me

dont be flattered by the boys
whose breathe smells like alcohol and as they
call you beautiful you
call them genuine

you
you have stood stronger than the coastline of california
you have been braver than you once
thought was possible
you were not discovered
because you were born with wings and claws
and as you ripped your way through this world
with grace and mercy
and hunger
you did not need to be discovered
you were already your own
and please
please know
that is always going to be enough

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