As Yet Untitled (and I can't really accept that)

~ for Andrei

Acceptance and I
are embroiled
in a bitter battle.

I think
she is substandard,
an excuse.
She makes me
miss out
prevents me
from being

I think
she is a siren,
a trickster.
She wants me to believe
that she is good
and she is right.
But I swear
I hear her whisper,
"Is it really okay this way?"

-Laura Cipriano