a Poem by Raquel Swann inspired by the movie “INCEPTION”
I close my eyes as my mind wanders
I find myself at a celebration
All my friends are there.
Everyone is staring at me.
They look for answers.
I am afraid. I feel dizzy and I faint.
When I wake up I face a mirror
I am not myself.
I look beautiful. Elegant.
I am truly happy. But…
Someone is behind me they
I awake again. People stare.
As I walk through a mall.
Pointing fingers and laughter.
Pierces my soul. I am angry.
A man pushes me forward and
I open my eyes. A voice speaks
Who are you, I ask.
I am you, she says.
We are beautiful, I reply.
Of course, she says. She claps.
The man stands over me. He smiles.
I rise and walk through a crowd.
I laugh at those who laugh at me
They are pitiful. Disgraceful.
I am proud. I hear an alarm.
My eyes open again. No one is there.
The mirror awaits, it beckons me.
I walk up to see my reflection.
I see me. She is no longer there.
I feel unhappy. Sad. I hear loud music.
Friends circle around me as I lay here.
On the floor smiling. They wait.
They need to know. So I speak.
I am transgender, I say. Some walk away.
The music gets louder and I feel free.
My eyes open to a new exciting day.