Society’s exceptions do not define me
I realize my worth
while I glance into the storefront window as I pass by casting my reflection
welcoming my shit-eating grin.
I shovel my shoes on the pavement underneath me each step leading to new discoveries
the stones of society’s pavement cut though the souls of my shoes still I walk forward
with direction and purpose soothing away my pain.
I no longer hide my true self
deep beneath a veil of shame.
Bio: Valerie Vaughn is a lesbian poet and writer living a happy life in Happy Valley, Pennsylvania. A native of central Pennsylvania, she received her BA in History from Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia.