Mariah Wilkinson

Rookie (October 23 / Victoria BC)

Queer - Poem by Mariah Wilkinson

You don’t have to take this
You scared little boy
Hardly little, nearing seventeen.

Thrown out of the home you love so much
Simply because
Your little brother found your bra.

You don’t have to take this
You confused little girl
Still quite little, not yet nine years old.

Teased for being different
Simply because
You don’t understand why your friends suddenly like boys.

You don’t have to take this
You unsure little boy
Not little, but a grown-up thirty-one.

Cut off from your family
Simply because
You said: “James and I are getting married.”

You don’t have to take this
You strong little girl
On the border of little, barely fourteen.

Unable to show your love
Simply because
Your father has watched you like a hawk since he found out.

You don’t have to take this
You sad little boy
Far from little, a wise ninety-three.

Dying alone in the hospital
Simply because
Your partner since highschool is ‘no relation’ and not allowed in.

You don’t have to take this
You lost little girl
No longer little, an apprehensive twenty.

Insulted daily
Simply because
You and your girlfriend kiss in public.

You don’t have to take this
Whoever you are
Whatever age you may be.

Judged and looked down upon
Simply because
You are true to yourself.

One day we won’t take this
We struggling oppressed
From three to one hundred.

Standing up for ourselves
Simply because
Queer is not a wrong thing to be.

Comments about Queer by Mariah Wilkinson

  • (5/12/2010 5:20:00 AM)


    i hope this will be published
    in all LGBT publications.

    im struck in awe on my screen right now..
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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 12, 2010

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