I breathe and the I
Love and the I
Am and the I
Is extra

I held father’s hand
Smelled mother’s perfume
In eucalyptus after rain
You could find me

Enveloped in your arms
Hot breath, a vital, portable
Part of you stays, part of me
That goes with you

In winter, in summer
Disappointed and happy
With my body in pain
And the soothing of pain

Times I believed I could change
The world, times I believed
I was extra
I wore clothes and read books

I could have hated, chose
Not to and there was no I
My heart, my lungs
Legs, hands and liver

Held me indistinctly
A member of groups
Nothing unique
About my experience

For I had not valued uniqueness
For I had not considered
Uniqueness required
For my experience to be valuable

Jessica Laser is the author of Planet Drill (Futurepoem Books, 2022) and Sergei Kuzmich from All Sides (Letter Machine Editions, 2019).