Cut My Hair

by Kendall Sippy

i am

watching myself

hovering, waiting, checking

i stay nearby and i

say

“if you are afraid

be afraid

and I will protect you

and I will stop this chain of events

and protect you from

any

thing

that scares you”

and myself

they look back at me

with that straight, levelled gaze

that they’ve stolen from

life

and

i know that despite all my hovering

i am not

afraid

what if my

deepest desires

dissipate

upon contact

with reality

but

i am not afraid

i am not afraid

the only thing I have to fear

is my own self

who i could never do anything but love

and

I am not afraid.


Kendall Sippy is a student at Dartmouth College studying physics. They enjoy reading and learning languages, including French and Japanese. Find Kendall on Twitter @kendalllllls