#44 – “THEY SAY”

My body is a statement
The idea that I can love it is anathema
For something in me must be broken

They say

My choices are a statement
Daring to change for my health and my happiness
Is a crime against their God

So they say

Even a trip to the bathroom is a statement
It does not matter the man I am becoming
I should join the women in the ladies

So they say

The clothes I put on are a statement
I can try all I want
But I won’t be real until I pass

So they say

Enough of what they say!
My life is not something to be bandied on stage
Laughed off as a joke, or phrased as a debate

That is what I say

People who never walked in my shoes
Arguing for and against my right to be
A simple man, living his life is wrong

That is what I say

It is hard to stand tall in a life where
I am denied at every turn, where I know
My neighbors would happily see me burn, oh well

That is what I say

How difficult is it to accept that
The person living this life might
Know it better than you?

That is what I say

This hard skin won’t crack
Developed from years of being
Forced to hide in plain sight

That is what I say

Trying to live as best I know how, hearing
A damned politician pat himself on the back for
Allowing me the treatment I need, is wrong

That is what I say

They say this choice will lead me to burn
Their God does not make mistakes, but my only choice
Was to live a truth, or die from the lie

Hear what I have to say.

Submitted by Xander Hargreaves

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