Cressida

United States

she/her | mixed
aspiring scientist and writer | musician

status: constantly eating cheetos

joined: late april, 2020

Message to Readers

Republishing this for the end of pride month!

monochrome tapestries you will sew prideful

June 30, 2020

FREE WRITING

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and you cross stitch a tapestry of your life together, yet-
you seem to leave out the same three colors every time.
you crotchet blankets and scarves of your identity
but the spindles never brush against reality, 
never go deeper than some vacuous facade.

you sew and sew so you may bleed your veins 
of chromosomes wrapped in beautiful histone
packages, yet is your heritage and being hereditary
all that you are? you are the lapis waves of the ocean,
crashing down on sandy shores and breaking
your brittle bones just to catch her smile.

you are the mauve flowers blossoming in the spring,
because april's tears let empathy bloom wild
and may never tasted like honeysuckle buds
but newly fresh violets exploding in emotion
and felt like her lavender lips brushing against your cheek.

and you are the blushing rose petals she hides in coffee-
stained book pages because you all are so ashamed
(why are you all so ashamed?). no, you redact-
she is proud and drapes rainbow tapestries 
across her chest, like she did when she said 

“I love you” and you did (love her, that is), but
the world is monochrome, you are monochrome
and your flowers wilt to ebony, your petals fade
to ivory, and you are afraid, darling, that you will
never spin a tapestry as colorful as hers.

you are bound by your strings, and they string you
charcoal, creme, onyx, silver, and never
cobalt, violet, peach, cerulean, lilac, rose. 
but maybe, darling, maybe one day you might spin
a tapestry coated with colors, and you will bind

the world by your own strings and not yourself by its.
and they will be forced to see you, accept you,
and you will be forced to face yourself, accept yourself,
and have pride.
 
Happy pride month? And yeah, my colors are a little out of order, but I thought it flowed better that way. 

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2 Comments
  • jun lei

    as riley said, my favorite pride post. beautifully written, with lovely flow, and aldsjkl i have a thing for colors, not red orange yellow but crimson tangerine gold so i adore how you incorporated those.


    2 months ago
  • poetri

    this is my favorite pride post i've seen on any site so far. incredible work, my friend. absolutely incredible.


    6 months ago