I sat in the shower longer this morning
to wash off yesterday
the burn marks on my skin remain
but under the water-
Walk through the park
stop at the deli
read a book on the train
they would never stop me and ask how I got these marks
they can’t see them.
I spend hours scrubbing-
the picture of being perfect signed into my mind like a branding
the perfect being doesn’t show these weaknesses
they don’t have burn marks.
I don’t roll up my sleeves
wear shorts in the summer time
laying on the beach, in a Tom Ford suit.