Started a new set of prompts – I love lists of things – this one will prove to be endlessly productive for another couple of years – 227 Rules For Monks. Another of the 13 saṃghādisesas. 12. Not to reject admonishments made on his behaviour.. Like many of these this is an unfinished rough draft.


it didn’t matter to me

because of my entitlement

pronouns are irrelevant

but to some

every he his him

in a text is an attack

on their identity

they felt discounted distanced

I could think

don’t be such sensitive

cry babies

who feel every thing in life

that doesn’t kowtow to your comfort

is an attack on your sense of self

but I accept this sense

of being made invisible

being treated as a non-person

not included

not seeing yourself represented

in a meaningful respectful way


I grew up as a queer boy

who never saw otherness of any kind

represented except in a sneering way

that equated gay with feminine

setting the standard

that anything not masculine

was not valued

but because it’s irrelevant to me now

doesn’t keep me from respecting

its relevance to you

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