I AM ALL These Things by Eliza Lopez

I wish I could be like the ocean


No one asks the ocean why it’s fluid, it just moves and it's okay


I wish I could be like a cactus


No one questions cacti for defending itself, it just protects and it's okay


I wish I could be like flowers


No one judges a flower when it blooms, it just opens up and it's okay


I wish I could be like the leaves of a tree


People actually celebrate when their leaves change colors, heck even when they fall, even when they grow back. They just change and it’s okay


I wish I could be like a butterfly


People actually dedicate sanctuaries to witness their metamorphosis; they even pay to see it


They transform and it’s okay


I wish I could be like the moon


No one asks the moon with whom it sleeps at night, because who the heck thinks the moon sleeps at night anyway?


It just lights up and it's okay, it moves and it's okay, it expands and it's okay, it contracts and its okay, it even affects our behavior and the tides, and the plants and the animals and its okay


Oh to be like an ocean


To be like a cactus


To be like a flower


To be like the leaves of a tree


To be like a butterfly


To be like the moon


But I am all these things


I am all these things


I am all these things


Can't you see?


But you’re too busy trying to figure out if I am he or she


You’re too busy wondering why my hair changes colors by the week


You’re too busy questioning why I don’t have kids


You’re too busy wanting and wanting and wanting from me


Wanting information, wanting education, wanting labor


Wanting my body without accepting me


You’re too busy, You’re too busy, You’re too busy, To just let me be


But with or without your support or understanding


I AM all these things


I am fluid like an ocean and move my waves as I please


I protect myself and my people like a cactus when I have to


I open up like a flower when I feel nourished and secure


I am ever changing like the leaves of a tree


I transform like a butterfly over and over again


I light up like the moon and influence the ones connected to me


I am all these things, even if you’re too busy or refuse to see


I am all these things by Eliza Lopez

Eliza Lopez (they/she) is a non-binary, queer, Mexican person of color of Indigenous descent. They are the founder and creator of Mariposa Healing, a community resource that supports people in their healing transformation by providing mental health and spirituality services and education. For more of her content, follow Eliza on Instagram (@mariposahealing) and experience their poem above with movement attached below.



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