Burdensome Expectations – Saule Zemgulyte

No one else seems bothered

A human being with a name of Saule Zemgulyte. I identify as non-binary and am currently in Yr11. I enjoy writing and drawing. Not sure what else to say.

Burdensome Expectations

Dresses, Doll, Skirts
All feel so restrictive,
They choke me.
No one else seems bothered.
Everyone else looks fine and happy
While I wonder how they can possibly be satisfied Dragging…those…rocks…attached…by chains.
I only struggle, wishing to


My name
All feminine and pink- Presses down on me.
It only gets worse
As I get older and discover more of myself.

I hate it.
it suppresses me.

A breath of fresh air.
No rules. No restrictions. No expectations. At home. Alone.
A name that’s comfortable.
In clothes I like.
Away from accusatory eyes.
Safe with a pen
That creates words
Expressing my emotions,
Allowing me to be myself.

Saule Zemgulyte

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