‘Try You On’ by Ghazaleh Abassalian

I’d like to try on your life
like spanx under a loose white linen shirt,
a pinstripe oxford button-up
paired with jeans,
or flats to flaunt around.

I’d like to be your voice,
hear it echo in my head,
to own your thoughts
to use your words
to understand your mind.

Instead I am me
a poet in disguise,
an artist without a brush
a cook without a pot,
just pretending to be
a hopeful potential story.


GHAZALEH ABASSALIAN was born in Tehran and raised in Amsterdam. Currently based in Montreal, she is a visual artist and writer. She holds a BFA from the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, and explores voice, words, tone, as well as the rhythms of language. Her writing examines human relationships, both good and bad.

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