( )-ence


to say that i feel comfortable in my own skin
would be a huge
understatement

i lie
a lot

some are white lies
(people say they don't matter)
some become lies because they are passed around
too often to not become common language

but if you dig
deeper than you intended to
you might find
insecurities, scars,
your lighthearted remarks
that influence my ( )-ence

presence
confidence
persistence
my existence

but you don't dig

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