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After Pride

by Natasja Rose about a month ago in social commentary
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An Acrostic Poem

After Pride Month is over

Fear and prejudice does not abate

There are still battles to be fought

Everyday, at home, at work, at school and social

Remember, we are still here

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Perhaps one day, Pride will no longer be needed.

All will be free to be, whatever form that takes.

Remember that we don't vanish because Pride Month is over

Another day, month, year; we are still here and Queer

Discrimination occurs, but there is no social clout in seeing it

Everyday, I am still here.

The challenge asked us to consider what happens and who we are in the eleven months when corperations don't weild a rainbow logo like it excuses their hiring and HR policies the rest of the year.

I don't stop being who I am just because the rest of the world stopped paying attention. I don't stop facing prejudice, jeers and hateful remarks. I don't get to stop being a queer, disabled woman when Pride Month is over.

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Natasja Rose

I've been writing since I learned how, but those have been lost and will never see daylight (I hope).

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  • C. H. Richard18 days ago

    I think your poem relates to so many people. These acknowledgement months were started with good intentions, but then what about the rest of the year. Great job to state with clarity what needed to be said. Hearted

  • Clever take on the challenge

  • Babs Iverson23 days ago

    Beautiful!!! Love this!

  • Heather Hubler25 days ago

    I loved the Acrostic! What a fantastic poem!!

  • Stephen Greenabout a month ago

    Thank you for sharing a little about who you are and your experience.

  • Call Me Lesabout a month ago

    Well said! I like this acrostic idea. It might be a way a non poet like me csn try out the challenge too!

  • Cathy holmesabout a month ago

    Well said.

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