So You're About to Come Out
It is the prospect of unpicking versions
of yourself, collected over years and sold
—explaining why people were short-changed.
It is the feeling of betraying
and having been betrayed.
It is the running on ice,
the slap as you smile,
a condition set down like
the auctioning of your happiness.
But then, with a love-me-
it is also The Three of Cups tarot
placed neatly on the table.
The pliability of bone marrow,
renewing blood, renewing hope.
It is naked skin in the sun,
and the breeze that cools.
It is the love-me petal on an oxeye daisy,
the final one.
Ian Williams lives and works in London. He enjoys languages and cooking and is currently in his second year of a Masters in Creative Writing at Birkbeck, University of London.