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Poetry

Dysphoria

liberate love

into dust

shifting, self-gearing

love them all

credit me

do what makes you happy she says

but doesn’t mean it in the way my mum says

the desire to take clothes off

to take them off but also take

off another layer underneath

peel away those expectations

get closer to my truth

I love my mind but I haven’t come to terms with this

I catch you in an embrace with another part of me

looking backwards

into dust

 

 

Image: Oranges / James Lee

 

 

 

 

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Ellen van Neerven is a Mununjali Yugambeh person from south-east Queensland and the author of two books, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014) and Comfort Food (UQP, 2016).

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