taz.jh

Hong Kong

she/her
hk; aus

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i write to live a million different lives

to be queer in this world

July 15, 2020

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to be queer in this world is to know that there is always a safe haven,
a place for dreamers and radicals,
a place for wanderers and those with their feet on the ground,
a place for flunkers and ex-flunkers,
for those who like flat beer, and those who despise it,
for jeans ripped by the pavement and grapes that make your lips pucker,
for the certain and the uncertain.
to be queer in this world is to know all too well the pain of question marks,
their bodies rounded and noses hooked,
their acne covered skin peeling, bleeding at the edges,
it hurts to scratch but you must,
you must dig your fingers into those scarlet bumps,
until you can endure the pain,
or until the pain endures you.
to be queer in this world is to lie more times than you can count,
to pretend you are a stranger,
to weave the branches of your past into your future,
to feel the hot breath rising in your throat,
the spot your mother’s hands caressed mere hours ago,
where love and pain join hands.
to be queer in this world is to be divided,
between what society demands of you,
and what you demand of yourself,
between your ideals and theirs,
between church choirs and church scriptures,
between acceptance and denial
to be queer in this world is to fight,
to watch the people around you change,
shift in their silken moulds,
to be queer in this world is to love,
to laugh,
to cry,
to shout.
to be queer in this world is to be
human.

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2 Comments
  • Paisley Blue

    This is incredible.
    "for those who like flat beer, and those who despise it,
    for jeans ripped by the pavement and grapes that make your lips pucker,
    for the certain and the uncertain"
    These lines just hit me out of nowhere and for some reason I cant stop thinking about them. You've written a masterpiece.


    4 months ago
  • outoftheblue

    this is stunning. I'd quote my favourite lines but this whole piece is just incredible.


    5 months ago