Be gentle

Better than tulips!

Better than tulips!

Be gentle with me for I am but a fragile human

whose eyes may not see

the expression of your sexuality

as a sign of unsuppressed individuality

because I may be jaded or blinded by misogyny.

Be gentle with me for I am but a fragile human

whom is terrified to be

the open-hearted embracing destiny

to stake my claim on my personal history

as one not bound by mainstream society.

Be gentle with me for I am but a fragile human

whom is unafraid to be

every breadth and depth of clarity

a shining hope against disparity

standing human by human in equanimity.

Be gentle with me for I have stepped outside of me

the one they knew can no longer be

because who I am, I was born to be

I can no longer hide, I am finally free!

Be gentle with one another

treat neighbors like sisters and brothers

for as difficult as it seems

we all long to meet our dreams

so we fight the hard fight

sometimes not recognizing the hopeful light.

Be gentle of heart

but wild with your grace

May hate never play a part

in your peace or your faith

Be rich, my friend, with philanthropy

Be gentle, so very gentle, with this fragile human;

me.

6 comments on “Be gentle

  1. JoelF says:

    Full of beautiful words and longing for gentleness and acceptance. Beautiful. Oh btw, i so love the red lips photo and the “better than tulips” caption made me smile. Thanks for this.

  2. Rev. Linda Looney says:

    Linda Looney says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. May 9, 2015 at 3:22 pm Is this not the full truth of love your neighbor as yourself? Love others as I (Jesus/God) have loved you? Wonderful imagery in this piece!

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    • I was at an LGBTQ Youth Pride event where I presented this poem. I didn’t see your comment until I got home to my computer. That’s what happens when you go old school, old woman! đŸ˜‰ P.S. Rev. Linda Looney is my mom and I love her very much.

  3. Linda Looney says:

    Is this not the full truth of love your neighbor as yourself? Love others as I (Jesus/God) have loved you?
    Wonderful imagery in this piece!

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