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    I. Machismo, the Trans Prince

    When I enter the room,
    everything feminine faints in my presence.
    I am a contagious plague of sexy.
    Every face snaps towards me like a school
    of starving fish praying to be reeled in.

    I roll with a gang ready to shin-kick
    the first person who dares not call me Mister.
    I am a gender-bending James Dean—
    my hair an impenetrable coat of cool.
    Every other butch thing wishes they were me.
    I'm so butch they call it courage.

    I strut manly and sensitive—
    a football team that hugs it out
    and sings acoustic versions of 90s alt-rock love songs.

    I am the coolest oppressed kid in the room—
    my oppression out-oppresses all the normal gay boys.
    My gay boy friends are bathroom bouncers,
    guarding the men's room door while I pee.

    Every cup of punch I drink is spiked with
    "Tonight is MY night, motherfucker!"
    The DJ plays all my requests. I ask any girl to dance.
    The room is bowing to me—
    they're calling me their King.




    II. Amanda, the Easy Target

    She has not been asked to dance all night.
    Nobody is complimenting her dress—
    we all just stare, waiting for an outline
    of stuffing. It's impossible to divorce
    the shape of her body from her new name,
    so we don't even try.

    She's at her third school this year—
    the teasing, the graffiti on her locker
    is painted all over her.

    Tonight she talks to the chaperones,
    holds hands with her glass of punch.
    In the next year she'll probably win
    a death threat, a nudge
    towards the edge of a building,
    the knot in her noose.

    In November, we will both celebrate
    Transgender Day of Remembrance.
    We'll pretend we've lost the same things.

     
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    In dreams
    There is a castle
    Atop a cloudy butte

    White steeds
    Dressed in tassles
    Trot along a route

    O'er streams
    The carriage travels
    'cross bridges of the mind

    Thru trees
    The pathways ravel
    O'er dreaming's lifetime

    'till gleams
    That shining castle
    High on sunlit butte.

    -Treeshepherd 5/22/16
     
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    Memorial Day

    Go young and dumb to war, without a thought
    of who or what you're really killing for
    (the 'God and Country' faux esprit de corps
    suffices well to shoot or to be shot)!
    And when the time has come to redeploy,
    a little older, wiser, more informed
    about truths hidden from the uniformed,
    don't dwell on why but how to best destroy!
    And when at last you're free, if still alive,
    expose the lies to spare our future sons
    The Lesson that you learned among the guns:
    that PROFIT is the reason battles thrive.​
     
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    The Silouette of Love

    Dark figures cast their shadows on
    an otherworldy sky
    where birds and hearts are free to soar
    and passion's free to lie

    in two dimensions that deny
    the cold and bitter truth
    that love is but a fool's delusion
    fostered in our youth

    by images of heart shaped trees
    with leaves of pink and red
    that fade to blackened silouettes
    when love, at last, is dead.​



    Author's Note: Obviously, the picture prompt was most likely not intended to evoke anything so dark, but I wanted to give the image's creator a little something different to think about. *lol*
     
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    The Elephant in the Room

    ((drumpf)) ((drumpf)) ((drumpf)) ((drumpf))
    What's that awful sound?!
    ((drumpf)) ((drumpf)) ((drumpf)) ((drumpf))
    Strap the China down!

    (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF)))
    Box the keepsakes! Wrap the glass!
    ((((DRUMPF)))) ((((DRUMPF)))) ((((DRUMPF)))) ((((DRUMPF)))))
    Hold on tightly to your ass!

    (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF)))
    Footsteps drawing near!
    (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF))) (((DRUMPF)))
    I guess it's not our year!



    Author's Note: Inspired by a scene from the original Jurassic Park movie.
     
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    ^Oh, c'mon guys, that was sheer unadulterated genius, if I do say so myself! :laugh:
     
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    Five Minutes

    It was a circumspect dance with
    careful distance between your
    body and mine until you slid
    your hand to my waist, bringing
    me flush against you.
    Then it became something else
    entirely -- a rare moment of
    self-indulgence.

    The span of five minutes is
    pretty insignificant in
    the scheme of things.
    People lose hundreds of minutes
    every day, squandering them
    on trivial things.
    But sometimes in those fragments of
    time, something can happen you will
    remember the rest of your life.

    Being held by that handsome stranger,
    suffused in his nearness was an
    act of intimacy far greater than sex.
    Even now, I can feel that moment of
    absolute connection and the blood
    still rises to my face.
     
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    A Candy Bar, Bubbles, and the Cosmos


    The brightly colored plastic ring-tipped wand
    pulled from the soapy liquid had been raised
    to puckered lips that gently blew the glazed
    translucent spheres into the great beyond.

    The cluster formed a bubble galaxy
    that flew away and burst into the skies
    beyond the scope of its creator's eyes,
    to pop, collide, congeal, and cease to be.

    The child wonders how the bubbles fared,
    without an inkling of their swift decline,
    and hopes and prays that each is doing fine,
    that none are lonely, hurting much, or scared;

    then shrugs and drops the wand and child's play,
    to gobble up a fun size Milky Way.​
     
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    Roses are red, violets are blue
    your candidate sucks and mine does too.
     
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    Men can get breast cancer too
     

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