The cards… are stacked… against me.

I’m a young woman
who stands at just 4’8
I’ve been told not to self-deprecate
and that I should appreciate what I have
But it’s kinda hard to obfuscate that the cards are stacked against me

I was adopted from China when I was…

I remember lying on my bed late at night
The images of that.. survey
tattooed behind my eyelids

I remember having to check off the boxes that apply
But how can you apply a label to the deep down feeling of being bullied
How can you label the sleepless nights and tempest-tossed…


My name is May, I’m a mental health advocate, and I write slam poetry! I’m a bisexual woman of color. I’ve seen a lot of stuff I think the world needs to hear.

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