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by Brian
Rated: 13+ · Poetry · Political · #2173927
We seek freedom differently, yet dependent just the same.
I am not gay in your world
But gay enough
I am not black, either
But black
Wherever I roam without you
I am not an immigrant
But a stranger
In an even stranger land
Their cries like infants
         Helpless little babies
I refused to be
Since I grew up
Took my medicine
         Gut full of the stuff soothes
What rumbles within

If I am not right
Or left
I am wrong           and alone
Beer-guzzling hunters
Haul bloody trophies on trucks
Like freedom
Mud on oversized tires
Bedazzled grilles with tow hooks
That pull tiny, two-wheel-drive cars
From ditches in winter blizzards
Drive off with meager thanks
And expressions of shame

I go home to the goth girl
Attracted to friends who
Daily reject her
Shaves her head
Pumps that brain
With Korean anime, K-Pop
Rants about repression
School work
The plight of LBGTQ
         Thirteen-year-old professed bisexual
Still pending

With lips more prepared
For metal piercing than tender
Kisses of lost innocence

         Her brother
Tall, brilliant
Master of piano, brass instruments
Top scorer of state and ACT
Testing (Math, English, Science)
Befouls a basement couch
In darkness, head strapped
Controller aimed at a green Xbox
         Too tired to remember hand in
Missed assignments
Tracked on PowerSchool
By two parents who'll be damned
One of these babies
Doesn't make the grade
Land on feet to struggle
With something akin
To virtual reality
         Our foggy existence

Then, find time to wonder
What's this about?
         Are you trying to get me to feel
Something, Mr. Trump?
The fabric of the already torn
Nuclear family tugged --
A tapestry too thin
Must we scrap it
Create another?
And just how are we supposed to do that
When babies bury shiny cars in ditches?
Will the muddy trucks come?
My sensible SUV can't save us.

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