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Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. Leonard Cohen

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Imagine

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Imagine your child
The teasing he'd hear
Attacked and harassed
Taunts of "faggot" and "queer"

The teachers all know
but they'd just turn away
They'd say it's a problem
that he acts so gay

Imagine your daughter
won't wear a dress
short hair and no make-up
Is her beauty worth less?

Her choices are different
Which many don't like
Because they feel threatened
they call her a dyke

Imagine being hated
rejected, reviled
Would you still accept it
if this were your child?

8 comments:

Fireblossom said...

Lordy. I hope you're not asking MY family this. I'd have done better to tell them I was a leprous bank robber.

Brian Miller said...

yes i would accept them no i would not let them be treated like that...and yes i am willing to stand by my friends that choose a different lifestyle...i live in conservative bible belt country as well so i know it is hard...and i know that it happens...tight emo here...

Christine said...

This really hits home with me, my son has lived with words since grade 5 when he came home asking me what eunuch meant. The words have gotten worse over the years, he graduates next year, I think he has handled the barbs well, it has made him very quick with his tongue and his comebacks can pulverize his tormentors now. They leave him alone for fear of reprisal, but it still kills a mother to know her son is being called those names.

darev2005 said...

If they were my child I wouldn't care what their sexuality was as long as they turned out to be decent people.

Heaven said...

Great voice.... I am all for letting our children be what they want to be. Hate breeds hate. Love is the best gift we can give our children.

Cad said...

Excellent observations on the cruelty meted out to anyone who is deemed to be 'different' - whatever that is...

Titus said...

Well raised, and I particularly liked how the strong rhythm worked so well in the final stanza.

And interesting too. It feels to me like a breeze of change has happened in regard to LGBT issues. I wonder?

twinkly sparkles said...

I like this poem. Well done on its own and also kudos for being able to summon it for the Poetry Jam prompt. I found it very challenging this week. Maybe that's a good thing--? twinkly