The Me Inside

The Me Inside

A Poem by Chandler Oswin

Written for Transgender Awareness Week (2018)


That damn mirror. I wish it

Would stop lying to me.

I keep forgetting it shows

Only what others see.

The real me, the me inside,

Sometimes I scream, others I hide.

They say “it’s a sin that comes from pride,”

All I ever see is if one of us died.

I’m not a danger, a predator,

A rapist, your “societal headache.”

If you think I’m a monster,

You’ve made a mistake.

Your body is yours; my body, mine.

The only difference: my mind won’t align

With the box of your gender, my body, so fine.

I do what it takes and cross your line.

Why should you care anyways?

Nothing I do to me, for me,

Is about you. Not even this poem.

I wrote this to be free.

© 2019 Chandler Oswin

Author's Note

Chandler Oswin
constructive criticism is appreciated, just don't be rude about it

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The greatest irony in this piece is the rage. The narrator is directing it at bigots to be heard, yet they say this poem is not for them. It creates a very sincere feeling of unkempt fury, and genuine anger.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Hello, Chandler! :)
I've never understood the transgender mind. I've written it off as some sort of ocd. And lately I've heard people say that gender is different then sex, which seems nonsense to my mind. But it's not a topic that I'm invested in. I don't care. Do what you want. I'm sure I do things that you think are weird. I'm a creepy person. I see how my behavior affects others, and again, I don't care. We live how we want, then we die, and eventually nobody cares. So do what keeps you happy and healthy, or die with regrets.

Posted 4 Years Ago

Would never be rude when it comes to expressive, emotion filled thoughts reflected in poetry. A strong statement of self, I liked it very much...

Posted 4 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

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Added on March 29, 2019
Last Updated on March 29, 2019
Tags: transgender, LGBTQ, dysphoria, trans awareness week


Chandler Oswin
Chandler Oswin

I'm a high school student who loves creative writing and poetry more..