shapeshifter

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i believe i know who i am

a girl who reaches 

on her tipitoes

for 

attention 

whose fingertips

softly kiss the top

of your collar 

i believe i know who i am

but then 

i shapeshift

i become cruel

an opportunist

against

you twisting 

your words

a window 

clouded with soot

i yank your collar 

we are now eye-level

i shapeshift

into 

a snake 

slither 

on top of you

chain your neck

bite

sink my teeth into 

skin drink your blood

spit 

you out 

i shape shift

into me again

but is it really me

if muck and veins

stain my teeth

if i dream of 

fires licking 

your smile

if i begin to yearn 

for this feeling 

of selfishness

i shapeshift 

i wink

i shapeshift

i laugh

i shapeshift

i know 

who 

i am

Keanna Peña '25 is an English and Creative Writing major with a minor in Dance. She is a managing editor for The Weekly and loves writing about student events on campus and sharing her poetry.

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