Karoliena Somura (November / Japan)
Do You Know?
Do you know the stories I hear?
One is beaten and the other dies there.
Do you know the things I fear?
A list of shameful claims people prefer not to name.
Do you know the difficult marriage I face?
Understand that I can't stay in the same place
Do you know the laugh I fake?
Due to the painful jokes you don't mean to make.
Do you see through me like I see through you?
Because your pitiful words of encouragement
Leaves my body in malnourishment
Do you know I know who you are?
A person no different than I've met at my job or at a bar
Do you know you're a homophobe?
Someone who leaves me clinging with little hope
Someone who smiles as they see me mope
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