‘One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.’ Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex

‘We go through life. We shed our skins. We become ourselves.’ Patti Smith, Manchester Apollo, June 10th 2015

‘Take my shoes off, and I will throw them in the lake.’ Kate Bush, Hounds of Love

For Alex

One is not born.

But rather becomes.

And we go through life.

And no one can tell you which skin to shed

Or when.


But piece by tiny piece you leave it

In your wake.


Then you take your shoes off

And you throw them

In the lake.