Eleventh Day #Elimination

black glovesFor the twelve days of Christmas I’m going to post a new, freshly written & barely edited, poem each day – all based on prompts from the Unity 12 Powers:


I’ve been working on

of ridding my mind of cultural stains

thoughts & perceptions

that I was soaked in growing up

ideologies that went unquestioned

concepts that I accepted

even as I quietly tried to reject them

race gender privilege desire

happiness constructed as

the correct pair bonding

to create the perfect consumer unit

to reproduce

being queer I knew that sort pair bonding

was unlikely

but the social imperative

was so all pervasive it couldn’t be ignored

by my generation

by my geography

so as I resisted that bonding command

I questioned more my sense of self

not the properness of that command

not to fit in wasn’t so bad

but it wasn’t good either

the shaming was external

then internal


generations have changed

queers star in TV shows

about their hilarious tribulations

drag queen compete on reality shows

the new shaming has begun

about being the perfect bonding queer pair

or having an authentically angry voice

the realization comes that

regardless of race gender education

accomplishments entitlements

if one opts out of the norm

the stains can never be removed

don’t have to be removed

no matter who faults me

for not being radical enough


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