June is over, what now?
How do we continue after "our" month?
I'm struck by the need for connection,
The unholy, unashamed want for something more.
My feelings lacking, little empathy but compassion
In abundance, I want for them more than they had before.
I finally have friends who know, who understand
That this seventh sin displayed in glory these thirty days
Isn't something to swim from in fear, but dry land
For the ostracised and spat-upon, the generalised "gays".
I may not feel their emotional ties
But I have my own.
When the sick, old world dies,
We'll know that we've grown.
As people, communities, one globe united,
We celebrate who we are without judgement or hate.
No terror in a child's mind at violence incited,
No hiding from family, or sneaking out for a date.
That's the future I want to, yearn to see,
A tapestry of personalities combined with one voice.
And not just for my friends, nor just for me,
But for all who were told "Being gay's just a choice".
It's a wonderful month, June,
The sun gets to shine.
Your time will come soon,
And, I hope, so will mine.
For now though: it's over, July is here,
It's back to our day jobs, studies, our lonely little couch.
We dress in drab clothing, little suggestion we're queer,
Although some can flaunt it, a lot of us aren't "out".
"I've still got time", I say to myself,
"No need to decide on a label just yet".
My jewellery, flag, and heart goes back on its shelf,
For the next eleven months I'll try not to forget.
Like most of us, I'm confused,
About what and who I am.
Emotions battered and bruised,
By a life lived like a traffic jam.
I wait, and wait, and wait,
Inching on, and on, and on.
To find my destination, my fate,
For I've languished far too long.
Once all is said and done,
The Pride before the Fall.
We all should be as one,
For the one of us, and all.
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