In the last few months I have spent so much time focusing on my blog and writing stories that I have altogether neglected my poetry, which is strange considering that it’s where it all began; where I learned that I have a voice and so much more to say than I originally thought. With that being said I think it’s time to share with you this aspect of my writing. Comments are always welcome and I hope you enjoy what I have written.
This is a poem I wrote about marriage equality; something that means a great deal to me. I think that people who haven’t been discriminated against really don’t understand how hard it can be sometimes. This poem is meant to bring light to this issue and make it blatantly clear that I am not a second class citizen. I demand equality and I ask that others stand with me.
You think you know, but you can’t see
All the pain that you cause me
Each time you speak your wicked words
Of flawed equality.
My pride disrupts the ‘sanctity’
Of marriage, apparently;
And can cheapen it to a such an
That when I kneel on bended knee,
Showing love for all to see,
I am not met with simple joy,
But with hostility.
I am then told that I can’t be
Married to the man I see
As my equal. As my partner;
The better part of me.
Please tell me when a court’s decree
Could give right to guarantee
That I can’t marry who I choose,
With such audacity
To condemn my identity
With broken rights, bigotry,
And the somehow growing norm of
So now I stand with clarity,
Sense of pride, and dignity
To say vehemently that I
And ask that you will stand with me
Readily and willingly
To battle the decisions born
Until next time…stay classy.
– C.M. Berry