Fucking Human Being

Fucking Human Being

by Elizabeth Challinor

I'm a fucking human being!

(Excuse my French

an informal phrase

to apologize for swearing.

I know

Now

I also owe

the French an apology

Once you start

that's how you go)

And that's who I am

Or how I sprang

from other beings'

dreams and fears

of becoming

I'm a fucking human being!

(an automated response

to my inner critic

that clips my wings

and wears me down)

It feels good to swear

To stare

criticism

In the face

And say

I know!

I care!

And I will get there!

Elizabeth Challinor