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If I ask you what are you wearing by Oak Ayling

I mean what ache is this you have taught my body to dance to

I mean what burdens do you need

To let slip from your broken shoulders

And why do you feel you can't?

I mean come here

And let me undress you

Of worry and hurt and fear

I mean chase me

Up the stairs and in

To your arms at last

If I ask what are you wearing

I mean that thing bound so tight around your chest

You sometimes cannot bear the weight of breathing

I mean lie down here and forget with me

Forget and laugh and feel something good

Settle inside you like a soft creature falling asleep.


Oak Ayling (she/her) is a Pushcart Prize nominated poet and closet librarian. Her debut pamphlet 'With Love from the Curator' is out now with Indigo Dreams Publishing. Her other works can be found in various literary magazines and anthologies. Follow her on tweeters @oakayling.

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