NY Pride, 2017

Today I left the window open,
Wind coursing through my veins
Like electricity.

Some mornings, all earthly self evaporates
And wings unfold from my spine,
Casting shadow and doubt on
My fair-weathered feet—

I don’t need them anymore,
For when my flesh melts to feathers
And my mouth closes to a beak

I am no more than soil and sky.
When I call, you will know.
It’ll emit all colors of the rainbow:

Red

and orange

yellow

green

blue

black

and brown

Violet

Today I left the window open
For myself, for him, for you
To fly away from here for good.

I wish I was a harpy devouring men,
Or a phoenix rising from ash.
Mostly, I wish to be an angel,
If God will grant me.

photo: “Untitled (Portrait of Ross in LA),” Felix Gonzalez-Torres (1991)

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