Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I write for their eyes
as I narrate the loneliness they feel
from inside the of hidden identities
that have become immersed
within the transparent confusion
of society’s delusion.
Some are brave and stand alone
on judgment’s concrete stone
afraid to shine their difference
in the dampened skies where hateful
plagiarize their souls to be ashamed
of how they were born;
some are young, abandoned and living
in houses that don’t feel like home.
They are trying to be clones
of who they are told they have to be
but in their hearts they just
reach for the moment where
they can be free
and some are reminders of me—hidden sexuality
searching for air
and the right to breathe their own
civil liberty. I write for their pride, their beauty
and their strength
I write for every emotion
they feel they need to keep locked up
Inside/afraid no one would understand;
afraid there would be no one
on their side
and I write for their courage;
the everyday journey
of new discoveries and the celebration
they will inherit by loving who they are
because they will be loved.
I write for them and I write for who
I used to be – lost ones
ready and searching to be found.
Tarringo T. Vaughan
Sunday, April 15, 2012
I once saw you standing on the corner once before/hidden
in the mirrors of self-blame and masked by feelings of shame.
You thought no one knew you; you thought no one heard
the true language of your heart and you thought no one cared
--at least that’s what you feared
And now I see you standing free for the world to see—
you have become a victory and now I see you breathing, relaxing
and no longer suffocating inside feelings
suppressed by the non-acceptance of ignorance
that had you locked away in a closet unaware
of the many layers of your own importance.
You felt lost in a maze of confusion with no way out;
locked inside a place where dark illustrated illusions distracted
your pride and self-love; a place where your thoughts and feelings
failed to come together in fusion—
but finally your confidence has collided with strength
and tall you stand as you are a champion of life:
One who have defeated
those who have judged and continue to judge;
those who still try to trip your presence and make you
fall back in that hole of fear
but you rise and refuse to go back there;
you have shown the world that this too is life
through self-discovery and the makings of you.
I see you standing now as a sculpture beautifully constructed
by the artists known as courage, strength, dedication
(a new found appreciation)
and the pride that now defines happiness
and a self-worth that has become priceless.
You are the many who walk brave.
Tarringo T. Vaughan