Gender Repetition

Form: Free Verse

Answering the same old questions
and I watch him ticking the same old boxes
another shrink scanning my mind
not sure there’s much left to find
my thoughts drift from here to there
my answers come easy
I have said it all before
and he ticks the boxes
his eyes checking me over looking for signs
that my masculinity doesn’t belong to me
oh, but it does
I want to scream as he asks another question
receiving an automated answer
he’s the fifth psyche I am rehearsed
and I wonder do they ever read patient notes
my life is all in there
and I don’t want to be opening it all up again
shaking hands, he’s done asking
and there’s nothing I want to talk about
and he hands me another appointment
and we do it all again


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