You held me like I was fragile
close to your chest, a pulsing heart
black raiment hugged my body
my prison and my shield
Would you still want me
if you saw the scars
like leeches patched to my arms
the rippled tiger-stripes
on my legs
seemingly drawn on with a blade
I know you love that Other Person
with the holes in His hands
and the crescent of broken skin in His side;
I know these markings remind you
of love and sacrifice and good things
but is my body good enough?
Will you love me,
knowing these things that I have done
where I have come from
and who I want to be?
Can I come as I am?
Or is my world
too dark and too deep
for you to tread?