Because I am

by David Ly

David Ly is a Vancouver-based writer, poet, and Master of Publishing graduate from Simon Fraser University. His journalism has appeared on Daily Xtra, NUVO, and VICE, and his poetry on Ricepaper Magazine, Westender, and in the Erotic Haiku Of Skin On Skin anthology (Black Moss Press 2017). His first chapbook, titled A Perfect Jawline, will be published in spring 2018 with Anstruther Press. Find David on Twitter @dlylyly or Instagram @divad.ly.

Monster by Lady Gaga plays in the background

 

Was I winked at because I am

because I am and he isn’t I wonder if

That boy is a monster

my song is on and

I move unable to stop thinking

M-m-m-monster

likes the way I dance because I am

the way my hair is done because I am

likes the way

I shoot jägerbombs after a

blue lucozade in the alleyway

because I am

wondering

if he and I

would just be predictable poetry

He’s a wolf      in disguise

Because I hear they like slim-built

boys, smooth and submissive with

almond-shaped eyes

But do I pick at these things because

I am, is it okay to think like this

because I am, because

He ate my heart and then he ate my brain

because at times

I feel like a monster for dissecting what I am.

 


David Ly is a Vancouver-based writer, poet, and Master of Publishing graduate from Simon Fraser University. His journalism has appeared on Daily Xtra, NUVO, and VICE, and his poetry on Ricepaper Magazine, Westender, and in the Erotic Haiku Of Skin On Skin anthology (Black Moss Press 2017). His first chapbook, titled A Perfect Jawline, will be published in spring 2018 with Anstruther Press. Find David on Twitter @dlylyly or Instagram @divad.ly.

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