Intrusive Thoughts

Some people write poems about becoming a mother 

I write about losing mine 


Who will tell me to tuck or untuck my shirt

Zippers or laces for shoes


We’re all masquerading as ourselves 

Expertly crafting moments and memories 


How do people find joy in life

Revel in its impermanence 


How do people find joy in life

Seek strength in its disturbance 

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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