i cannot unwind the

rage from my queerness,

just as i cannot escape the

chokehold that fear has on

my transness


this body of mine is holy

in that i have built myself

from the ground up


but this body of mine is

also so hated because i refused

to become a statistic


i am not going to do people

that want me dead the favor

of snuffing out my own light

before my time 


in one form or another, those

like me have always existed,

and will continue to do so


through every stubbled cheek caressed,

every knuckle bloodied,

every testosterone injection,

and every time i recognized that man

in the mirror as who i was always

really meant to be 


i will not be erased,

my brothers 

and sisters 

and siblings

will not be erased


i have eaten too many matches for

this fire in me to ever burn out


  • Rocky Lagou

    Literally, this poem is a wake-up call to all those who oppress trans people. You're voice will never be silenced, continue to write these marvelous poems! Embrace your true identity, and know that there will always be those who will embrace it with you as well. You are loved

    • queer-with-a-pen

      I am grateful for your support of my work, and that of the trans community!

      • James Michael


      • James Michael

        Speechless presently, except WOW!

        • queer-with-a-pen

          Always good to hear from you, my friend!
          Itโ€™s become quite rare that I write about myself. I am very proud of this piece

          • James Michael

            โ€œrageโ€, not a curse! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

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          • L. B. Mek

            more power to you! dear Poet kin
            stay true to yourself
            and eventually those genuine people
            by your side
            will witness your indomitable worth!
            stay strong, walk proud and shine bright

          • Emily Bradshaw

            This piece shows your rage as well as your pride and I hope you hold onto that pride forever. This is beautifully written and as a member of the LGBTQ community myself I hope everyone will continue to fight for you as will as the rest of our trans brothers, sisters, and siblings. I hope your fire never dims:)

          • James Michael

            Driven to tears by that song. Carry on my friend!

            Time for another pint!

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