After walking for hours 

I finally found a place to stay

Standing in the mirror

My hands clutching my instrument

I am not watching for form

I am noticing 

The curve of my hips 

In these jeans 

How my middle puckers out

Just a little 

So many people 

Can be here for me

But no one

Will take the time to see me

Mattie Grace Levy

I'm a black woman, a classically trained oboist, a self-taught composer, and an introspective poet trying to comprehend my thoughts.

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