When the friend inside me asked me today how I was feeling
I told him I was feeling forgotten and moved about simultaneously,
like how I’d imagine a plastic pawn in a game of chess would feel
if it were alive.
I went on to explain that it’s like having an identity that’s not yours
slapped on you before being brainwashed and released into a building
filled with people and things you can’t see yourself playing
Breath of the Wild with.
I guess this is what it feels like to become a kind of everyday cult convert,
you get drugged with flattery meant for someone else, then one day wake up
in an unfamiliar, but relatively pleasant place where the regulars
responsible for your conversion ask you to change into some new clothes
and do some chores that don’t seem like yours to do in order to earn
until the day comes that you’re watching your own life and it looks like
it’s a horror movie with subtitles, the you that you really are glinting
like an old recurring dream that you no longer wake up sweating from.
I tell myself I’d give anything to feel like I was in my life again,
to be able to look through the eyes of my original self and know I’m me,
and I know this is just me wanting to feel intrinsically thankful again.
But then I think in my usual bad joke kind of way, that’s easy for you to say,
you’re not the gifted and selfless one without a life. And besides, who
wouldn’t stop wanting to be themselves if it meant they’d be able to write
poetry about being two polar opposite identities at once?