You lived five times harder than you should have had to
to still have a body when you graduated high school.
Hate worked five times harder
to make your spirit its wishbone.
When your mother asked what was wrong,
you were five times more likely to believe you'd lose
her if you spoke the truth.
You were told five times more often
you'd go to hell when you died.
Burning for eternity seemed five times
more doable than another day in the school lunchroom.
You were five times more inclined
to triple-padlock your diary.
You were five times more likely
to stop writing your story down.
I write my heart out now.
Queer youth are five times more likely to:
see you how you dream of seeing yourself.
To write something in your yearbook that will get you
through the next decade. To spot a stranger crying
and ask if there's anything they can do to help.
Five times more likely to:
need us to do the same.
Childhood & Coming of Age
a figure of speech in which words repeat at the beginning of successive clauses, phrases, or sentences
when the title of a poem acts as the first line
a recurrence of the same word or phrase two or more times