In 2006, I took a leave from college, got a part time job and wrote a lot of poems. I spent a great time picking words from the dictionary to work into a poem or imagining characters in my head as I wrote poems. I found poetry as my medium to tell stories, different stories about different situations and people. It allowed me to play around and tell truths through my characters. The poem I’m sharing today was written in 2006. It used to be called “What the Drag Queen Left Behind” which has changed and has been renamed into “Bitter Coffee and Grapefruit.” This was originally posted in the now non-existent poetry site called Sharepoetry.
I didn’t alter it, nor made improvements. Maybe in time when I revisit the character in my mind I will be able to improve on this. At the moment though, I will trust the younger me and the voice she used in this poem. The poem I’m sharing is also in line with our theme these months of July and August.
The appreciation of diversity, I think, goes beyond the laws and legalities. While these are wonderful steps towards acceptance and equality, true appreciation in diversity breaks our long held paradigms and allows us to see each other beyond race, gender, sexual orientation and limitations. In my mind, we only can say that we have attained equality when we only see the human being, not the trappings they come in. This poem, in many ways is angry, but at the same time pleading for that–to see the human, the brother and not anything else. I hope you enjoy this very old original poem. Thanks Katie from The Logonauts for hosting today’s poetry friday. 🙂