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How to be confident/how to soften:


Imagine every man you know


As a child playing Nintendo


Last night my son talked to me about the birds


Picking at his heart


What he said was a big problem was actually a small problem


But he opened his mouth


And showed it was




Past bedtime


The Christmas tree


A rainbow of lights


Boys are small new men


But women are scorched and petrified girls so much


Chrysalis in my skin


Jung says the female soul


Is masculine and the male soul is conceptualized


As a woman


I am someone else the way Athena


Was someone else


I power-up, I am


A tooth, and am Tarzan


Julia Tillinghast