Kesley Rust, age 23
Albuquerque, New Mexico
I’ve been faceless,
once poured with heavy metal to the point of no magneticity
…dissociated by so many in society.
once a thief, a victim, a bearer too young to see these facets of societal realities.
among its highest, academia has educated me while no doubtable ostracized my reality.
Flying above eyes of wringers, deniers, liars; and those who simply sought pity for me.
No doubt I fight the biggest enemy – my conscious, the toughest battle in my entire brutality.
A fight I’m sure will win in me, as I rise higher than my mind can hold or contain me…
…I am a woman whose toes still wet with fresh life, whose world will no longer deny my authenticity.
Regardless of what I do, or where I’ll be – my empathetic pursuit for those who’ve tasted life’s poison will drive me.