This was the result of a creative writing exercise I did while attending a conference in Amsterdam this April. It all points to identity and the things we desire if we could just drop the social pretense and requirements and be ourselves.
wear jeans for professional dress.
Don’t teachers teach better in jeans?
I heard that was true,
and if not, it should be.
just sit down and cry,
release the expectation that I have
all the answers even though I sometimes
don’t even know what I want.
etch “Carrie was here”
into the glass ceiling
and shatter it
as I dot the i in my name.
forget the shame
of bad decisions past
and prevent them
from haunting my quiet moments.
speak my mind
even if I lose my eloquence
and revert back to the girl on the ranch
doing a man’s work.