Don’t underestimate me.
I’ll expand your eyes to the size of this solar system, keep them expanding.
Reprimanding you incessantly for the blunders you did not make.
For mistakes that weren’t mistakes but I’ll say they were until you break.
I am the nagging in your ears, these jagged nails scraping against a chalkboard.
And when you’re bored, prick you like the loose wire in your bra.
Be the clenching in your jaw.
I am red but I’ll make you the blue of our polluted sky
Be the cause of every raindrop in your tired eye
I’m not a woman nor am I guy
but I’ll try
and affect you more than a person ever could
Chastise you more than a person ever should
Snap you like the brittle wood of an uneven floorboard
In public, I’ll be the Janis Joplin in your throat
Make you the boat
seesawing on angry water and broken waves
Stay here, like the itch in your back, for days
Because. Well, I don’t mean any harm
Don’t mean to diminish your charm
Until you’re practically a wadded up piece of gum
Chewed up and spit out
And your voice is no longer able to shout
Into the dark
Into this black hole, where I’ve hidden your confidence and spark.
I don’t mean to get in your head.
Don’t want to be an enemy, a frenemy or your foe.
I’m sorry. It’s just that…I have no place else to go.