I Am. We All Are.

Your human rights are less important than mine.

You’re gay.

 

I had Pankhurst.

I had Mandela.

I had Gandhi

And King.

Every voice

In history

Who cried

For justice.

Equality.

 

Royalty now.

But back then,

Merely

Perceptive,

Provocative,

Proactive.

Reaction

Causing

Change.

 

So take the beatings

And the vitriol

While we watch

And say little.

Do nothing.

View the games

With blackened eyes

And bruises.

 

This your legacy.

This our pride.

To stay silent.

Shh!

While waiting

For a regal voice.

 

I am black.

I am woman.

I am all nations.

I am gay.

We all are.

Double-Edged Sword

Excalibur

Grasped,

Double-fisted,

Razored edges,

Twinned envoy,

Unresisted

 

Duality differs,

Determines

Direction,

Sagacious sword

Seeking

Protection.

 

Attack

And defend

Mirrored choices.

One weapon,

One mind,

Two voices.

 

Cut-steel,

Sovereign

Possession,

Twofold inscribed,

Dazzled enchantment,

Visored vision.

Power of Words by Antonio Litterio