No footnotes

Ashley Zhou


No footnotes

(A reflection on the way we compartmentalize our identities to make the presentation of a whole, normalized, and complete Self visible to others. How do we place ourselves in the realm of the recognizable?)

There is woman seething inside me

And she needs to justify herself

With every second breath


How can you

Expect a full sentence

When you want so many footnotes

For why things don’t fit into place


My body is a legal document

Not the complex kind

Not the kind you need to go to school to learn to read

Because you seem to already know