August 19th, 2017

Shaman - Horse

Poem - Those Who Struggle

“Those Who Struggle” is about the transsexual experience. Gender identity, separate from sexual preference or romantic preference, is pursed for the integrity of an individual. The struggle is real, often invisible, and very urgent for wholeness attained.


Those Who Struggle

Many live in their own way
mocking those who cannot
assume a mantle most embrace
this is my struggle everyday
feeling normal in my skin
waking at the sunrise time
without putting on masks
chosen from the wall with care

play pretend like a child
with the stakes all too high
when the others could find out
they would then end my life
the garments I’d like to wear
draw the looks of despair
judgment cast upon the one
with desire to fully live

tuck or bind is requisite
to match the image in my head
asking for the extra measure
other folks take for granted
health is pushed to compensate
for the measures I must take
holding in what others don’t
because there’s no room I can go

remedies for the castaway
without tribe that understands
island seeking identity
another child of God’s pure light
these are my cross I must bear
on my body, not on the wall
this is the difference between two groups
those who struggle and those who curse.

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