heavy on my head

from by Ramona Córdova

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i was born with eyes; i've seen what you're all about. i was raised with ears; i've heard what you have to say, but what i want to know right now is what i couldn't ask with my mouth.

i was born with feet; i've walked all around this land. i was born with hands; i've pushed through some padlocked doors, but what i want to know right now is why i feel so heavy on my back.

i played to leave this and now it's making it worse, and now i know that i don't.

i was born with a face that shows what I'm thinking all the time, despite what my mouth says. and my body tried to act. well, I'm no good at that. i can't pretend. i am who i am.

so my nose keeps me on my path, and my chin tries to stay above my collar, no matter how heavy my head.


from the boy who floated freely, released March 28, 2006


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