Alien

A Short Story

By Afrika
© Orianne Lopes for OURS Magazine

This body is mine yet I feel like a stranger.
I feel like I do not belong,
it’s as if I am a visitor in that which is supposed to be mine.

I stand in the mirror and mark everything I would do away with if I had the chance.
I want to be more masculine but then again,
i don’t want to lose my femininity.
I want to apply lipstick and be proud of my curves while
being dapper in my own way.
I don’t want to conform.
I just want to be me but
it seems like everyone is dedicated to putting me in a box.

Struggles.


Afrika.
She/Her/Hers
Freelance Consultant, writer and Content creator.
Coordinator,
Kisumu Feminists Society.
Twitter: @radically_queer