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I can get married.

There are wars outside these walls
where children lay on sidewalks
and are thrown to the ground
with insults and slurs,
riddling their bodies
bulletholes
breaking their
already low
self-worth
and the monumental step
of hope
mankind has to offer me

is my marriage.

there are
greater problems
than that of the state
preventing me from being in a union with my partner
recognized by both God and law
as married,

sometimes
I wonder if it even matters
that my rights
are being debated
when there are people
still being hurt by the words of
those who run this society

heterosexual, white
cisgendered, privileged males
who tell me what to do
with my body
regardless of my gender,
regardless of my race,

remind yourself:
we are all below the white, upper class, straight man

Do you ever wonder why I sound so bitter?

Do you ever wonder why I get sad?

My school district was a battleground
the bombs always went off and
at the end of the day, the school
only took a neutral stance on my sexuality
Bullying was “frowned upon”
but who could step in when it
would only be brushed off as a joke

I learned that
sorrow and pride are two sides
of the same coin,
I clutched them both to my chest
as I made it through high school,
forcing myself to walk those hallways
listening to people tell me
that I wasn’t worth it.

and I wondered
how many dead children
it would take to make a change in this country

it took eight suicides to make a difference in Champlin,
but the count keeps rising

The “neutrality” policy may have been erased,
but there are still scars
running rivers
down my spine.

My child’s inheritance will be those scars

Michele Bachmann will leave Minnesota
when she looks back at the graves she left behind,
she won’t weep a single tear

After those years
I will never look at rope the same way again.

There is nothing righteous about the
silence of those I love.
I once pressed my skin
against a boy
who was too afraid to come out of the closet,
his hands would shake every time
I was close to him,
he just wanted to love me.

Instead of pushing,
I lit his closet with Christmas light kisses,
Technicolor promises that would stay with him until he was
strong enough to open the door

When he finally admitted that he never would come out,
I was angry,
but
how could I tell him it was safe to come out
when my story was tarnished

Coming out stories are only as beautiful
as the people telling them,
are only as successful as the environment
that the person is in.

In a world full of equality,
two short words
should not be enough to condemn a person
to living a life
in a closet full of Technicolor promises
and Christmas lights

Only some of us
can afford the luxury
of having walls to hide behind

At least
I can get married, right?

This is how I feel about gay marriage.
Yep.
Bittersweet, isn't it.
Read it out loud, loves. It'll sound better that way.
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ToastedGhosts Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Th-this is beautiful. I'm crying right now seriously, ;-;
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KATxx3 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
My cousin(She doesn't have a deviantArt) wanted me to thank you for writing this. She came out as bisexual to her mom and her mom did not take it well. She said this gave her hope. Thank you for inspiring her, she's had a rough time.
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Kupo9089 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you for telling me this!
I am glad that I inspire her. I had a rough time myself, but I'm still alive.
Sometimes it's hard, yeah?
But we just gotta keep pushing on. Send her love for me.
:heart:
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TheForsakenGoddess Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2013
I'm left speechless, truly. :)
I wish I knew what to say of this, but I can tell you that I wholeheartedly agree and I may not be able to connect with all of it but I hope to be able to understand it. It's beautiful, even though the reality isn't.
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Kupo9089 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Student Writer
Thank you.
We can only take so many steps at a time.
<3
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Shoeborn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
My friends and I have come to the conclusion they won't teach healthy sexual habits for homosexuals in Health until some kid gets messed up and some parent sues them.
What a wonderful world.
Beautiful writing and metaphors.
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Kupo9089 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Writer
Oh. Damn. ._. that's beautiful.
Thank you for the compliment!
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Shoeborn Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student General Artist
You're most welcome.
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BloodshotInk Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013
I love this and feel really inspired to write something inspired by a verse in it, would that be okay?
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Kupo9089 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2013  Student Writer
Yes. That is absolutely okay with me.
Thank you so much for asking!
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