Truly, your bitten-nail fingers, covered
with scratched-out polish and messy cuticles and
are the most beautiful thing about you.
When I look at them, I see
Beneath the ragged crust of keratin
designed to protect your nerves from harm
are the parts of you that feel most deeply,
need most keenly,
share most openly
your ragged nails, your scratched-out attempts
at conforming to society’s expectations –
they are just a cover.
These nails, they show
you for what you truly are
and you are