I don’t normally add anything to my writing posts but this one has a story to it. I went and performed this poem at my local poetry slam, Enough Said Poetry Slam, it was a big step for me. Performing my work and having confidence in my writing is something I struggle with. The good news is that it went really well, I ended up winning second place which is still so crazy to me. This poem is quite personal and tackles a subject that might ruffle a few feathers – don’t jump down my throat about it.
Straight Girls at Mardi Gras
My feed is flooded with posts from straight girls at Mardi Gras
Full on glam yassss kween look at you
Standing in front of a rainbow washed ATM
So glad the banks don’t mind taking money from limp wristed hands
The straight girls are posting about how welcoming the LGBTQI+ community has been!
Where the alphabet soup back home can all see, and how the likes come flooding in
Did you wear rainbow glitter eyeshadow?
Did you get there in time to see the Dykes on Bikes motor past, remember using that word?
We had to steal it back from you
All our words stolen back from you
And despite this reclamation still sit ready and waiting in your mouths
I’d like personally to thank you for voting yes
It was the bare minimum show of respect but I know we went out and set the bar too low
One checked box and homophobia is solved for good
The straight girls are getting drunk in bars and kissing each other
‘Its fine that you’re gay just don’t hit on me’
Here is your official pat on the back from the queer community
Thank you for coming here and for keeping your prejudice inside social subtleties
The straight girls marvel at floats full of hot boys and flashing lights
I can’t help but wonder
Would you still be here if the atmosphere was less rainbow
And more riot
Bruised knuckles and bloody noses don’t match well with your gay best friend accessories