Stranger – Elliot Anderson

that’s what i see

when i look too long in the mirror
Whose face is this with pink lips and darkened eyes?
not mine
this face feels wrong
like porcelain
like plastic wrap

my soul is reckless and freckled
it is sun burnt
it is the plainest kind of beautiful
it is mine
but souls don’t have faces
I am stuck with this

Elliot Anderson is a non-binary queer person, college kid, feminist, future social worker, and occasional writer.