The Three Pronged Sword Pierces (But No One Sees)

She asked another girl to homecoming

…I’m jealous


Our classmates congratulate each of them

…I wonder,

And start to smile


Other students throw slurs and hatred

…I’m not surprised


He talks about his romantic date with some boy

…I listen

While pretending not to


Our classmates jeer at him when he’s not around

…I’m silent


I open my mouth to tell my parents

Who should love me forever and ever



The news is blaring on the tv


Another state has joined the cry

To give equal rights to all

My dad sighs and says,

“Why are those people fighting for marriage anyways?”


…I turn away


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