You’ll watch them tighten it, try to brighten and whiten it, as they are each allowed to do
And while you’re watching remember, there will never be another you
Some are happiest when they spend energy pointing out other’s flaws
But you go ahead and revel in the fact your buck teeth and big forehead have survived wars
Ain’t nobody extra special, they just choose to highlight different things
Ain’t nothing wrong with being a fan of how you present or what you bring
Let them laugh ‘cause you don’t pass their phony tests about who is who
They couldn’t walk a mile and a half dragging all that ass that you have to
Some do better when they hide their warts or genetic scars
While others use them to differentiate because extraordinary can be bought
So put on your favorite hair and your glitter lotion even if it ain’t cool
And while you’re walking tall remember, you don’t owe attention to nobody cruel

Two years of turmoil, temptations, and trials unfold in this anthology of poetic musings by TL Banks. In a quick and chaotic changing world the mind of one hopelessly romantic and fiercely opinionated woman was changing as well…was love the answer to all questions or was death or both? Her ravings are problematic and passionate and 100% human. This collection of weirdly resonant and unhemmed lyrical edges captures moments and memories that are sad and still triumphant as TL grapples with what pierces her armor the most- the misunderstood and stigmatized mechanization of Borderline Personality Disorder and the counterintuitive steps toward sanity during a global pandemic.

If you’re into it kiddo, like Rudely Raw Poisoned Pen on Meta too. Smootches.

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