my coming out poem (what happens when wanda is silent)

Who YOU Would Be If You Weren't Afraid
Who YOU Would Be If You Weren’t Afraid

i have
always known
i was a poet

in much
the same fashion
as another woman
would recognize
she is gay

where others
see quiet
i hear words
resonating from
the base of my sole to the
tip of the last lock

i have always
known i was
a poet

in the very
same vein that manson
has always known
he is psychotic

seeking shelter in
uncovered adobes
i find sky in your eyes
and give you
(what else)
a poem

i
have always
known i was a
poet

in the same way
a cow knows
how to pasture

my hands
they dance with
words without song
and are only stilled
once spent in verse

i have
always known
i was a poet

just like ed
knew Johnny
was funny

my mind
she possesses me
in this space
she caresses me
till i am spent and
you
are
done

i have always
known i was a
poet

in the
same way a
mother knows when
a cough is not
a cough

purveyor of words
twister of phrase
i may not rhyme but
still you are amazed
in this brief stanzas
i enfold you and
seek to hold you
to share this little part
of me

i
have always known
i was a
poet

in the same
way that tina
knew she would leave
ike

a secret to none
i kept to myself
till verbs started
to riot in droves
burning my insides

i always
thought i was
a poet

poets
are not seen
prophets recast
parasites

so i went
got a master’s
degree and
a
job

#OctPoWriMo Day 3
#OctPoWriMo Day 7

7 Comments Add yours

  1. What a delightful twist at the end! I, too, have been a poet from w-a-y back. 🙂

  2. Jennifer says:

    I appreciate the confidence here. Poet is still one of the last things I would call myself. Not sure I feel worthy of that title.

    1. Thank you for the note. I appreciate the read. If I can claim the title ‘poet’, I’m sure you can as well.

  3. Awesome! The comparisons are very clear and in a broad spectrum. They leave no doubt: you are a poet.

    1. Thank you for the read. I was working from the prompt at OctPoWriMo, wasn’t sure if mine fit ‘silence.’ I appreciate your note.

  4. Karin Wiberg says:

    For sure you’re a poet! And that’s an awesome photo!!

    1. Thank you. I appreciate the read!

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