If it be time to go back,
Let me paint my eyes and nails black--
Let me cover my skin in ink and colors:
Of cats, birds, words, and flowers.

If it be time to leave this all behind,
Let me drain the residue of my mind,
Interpolate my letters and dashes,
Rearrange my books and my eyelashes.

If it be time to die--
Bear with me this brief goodbye.