How To Make Trouble

Refuse to forget.
Imagine any border
giving way to a new land.
Eat what sustains you.
Stop when you’re full.
Listen hard, so it hurts.
Walk outside; let those ripples
echo for the rest of the day.
Stand up on the board
and ride the sickening swell in
instead of going under
under a truth about yourself
you’d rather not face.
Accept that your name
will change more than once.
Practice calling yourself
these other names.
Weave them into a bright
fringe for your warmest coat.
Share it when things get colder.

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