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If I'm old enough to give up drinking am I good enough for you
If I'm ship enough to keep from sinking am I good enough for you
If I'm eye enough to stare without blinking am I good enough for you
If I'm stupid enough to do my own thinking am I good enough for you

If I'm mother enough to protect my own am I good enough for you
If I'm honest enough to have no home am I good enough for you
If I'm sinner enough to cast the first stone am I good enough for you
If I'm rude enough not to leave you alone am I good enough for you

Cuz I am not too good, no, I am not too clean
You don't get to say you don't deserve me
That is not my scene

If I'm fast enough not to bother running am I good enough for you
If I'm fox enough not to use my cunning am I good enough for you
If I'm electric enough not to care that I'm stunning am I good enough for you
If I'm truce enough to keep on gunning am I good enough for you

If I'm stomach enough to throw up my fear am I good enough for you
If I'm glass enough to be perfectly clear am I good enough for you
If I'm daily enough to make up a year am I good enough for you
If I'm in it enough to still be here am I good enough for you

& yes, I am a noble girl, I believe in what I give
& my thoughts are as evil as everybody else's
That's what noble is

If you're hungry enough to ask to be fed you're good enough for me
If you're blanket enough to share my bed you're good enough for me
If you're sane enough to lose your head you're good enough for me
If you're fool enough not to wish you were dead we might still get ourselves free

If you're broke enough to declare the break you're good enough for me
If you're tall tale enough to admit you're fake you're good enough for me
If you're stuck enough to still have a stake you're good enough for me
If you're scared enough to shiver & shake you're good enough for me

Cuz I'm gonna scare you black & blue, gonna blast you til you grow
Gonna make you hold me accountable, I'm gonna make you hold me close
& I won't reassure you when I try to do what's right
None of us is a goddess, none of us is a light
None of us is a light no no no none of us is a light
None of us is a light no no no none of us is a light
None of us is a light none of us is a light none of us is a light
There's just the sweat that pools on our soft red armor
It glitters when we fight

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from Dispatches From the Well, released October 3, 2012

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Fiona Chamness Ann Arbor, Michigan

Fiona Chamness is a poet and songwriter from Ann Arbor, MI. She is coauthor, with Aimée Lê, of Feral Citizens, published in 2011 by Red Beard Press. She belongs to the poetry ensemble Ann Arbor Wordworks and two bands, Helicopter Parents and The Cutting Room Floor. She has performed poetry and music in Ann Arbor, Chicago, Oberlin, Hanover, Boston, St. Louis, Berkeley, and Sevilla, Spain. ... more

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