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Ode to MyselfOde to Myself
© Alec Damiano, 2009
Ode to Myself by Alec Damiano
My name is Artemis of Kensington, reincarnation of the male Calliope, the sweet-voiced Mr. Gaga himself. But you may call me Queen Frederick Alexandra Mercury. Here I am, standing before your eyes on my thunderous thighs of doom, caught in a divide between two worlds. Yet, I was not always so great
Humankind has been unkind to me, darling. And your mortal adversity made me into the dreaded beast I am today. Known the worlds-over, because I am a monster of the arts and I can tear any man or girl apart--with my very thoughts.
I was always so different from the other ones
You see, I was never a typical human. Cor, I despise that word. I despise the race because they never fail at harming themselves, their own kind. Sigh. I am actually the reincarnation of a God--yes, a God--and am currently trapped inside a predominantly female body. Isnt that absolutely fabulous?!
Well, allow me t
All Here For A ReasonI turned onto a shady, well-manicured driveway that, for all intents and purposes, looked harmless enough. Maple trees lined both sides of the street, and a parade of Canadian geese marched across the road to a wide duck pond with a flamboyant fountain. There were blooming crepe myrtles and rose-of-sharons, and as I grew closer to my destination, neatly trimmed gardens with neatly trimmed bushes.
I stopped to let the geese pass. They looked at me; one hissed. I honked my horn and moved around them.
At the end of the road sat a collection of grayish buildings and a number of signs directing me to the appropriate parking lot. "Welcome to Ten Creeks Hospital," said one of them. "Please enjoy your stay." I parked in the visitor's lot. Surely I wouldn't be staying.
I was shaking when I got out of my car. I had spent the morning getting high. One foot in front of the other, flip-flop noises, hot sidewalk. Mulberry and magnolia trees, freshly shaved grass. A bench and pan for smokers. A set o
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