I pledge allegianceto the United

I pledge allegiance

to the United States of America

to this nation

indivisible

with liberty and justice for –

                                             some.

 
 

not for all.

 

I sit in school

watching

the other students drone – thoughtless –

echoing words they have spoken their entire life,

looming over me,

judging me for refusing to stand.

I don’t stand

I can’t stand

                   all the lies.

 

‘I approve of gay marriage’ they say

‘look at me:’ they say

              ‘I have a rainbow bracelet’

              ‘I have a token gay friend’

they scream

              ‘I am a Good Person’

 

well

I hate ‘gay marriage’.

why call it gay marriage?

       is it any different?

I will say (I do).

I will wear white.

I will leave in a rain of rice.

Gay marriage does not exist

it is marriage.

 

I am human I am

I am different I am unnatural

pick one.

 

equality = the same

the same rights

the same love

the same.

 

I am gay I am.

but gay is not me:

I like books I like sports

                                    That is me.

I have a family

and friends

and a

girlfriend.

They know me for         

         me.

 

I will pledge allegiance to

            something.

when something pledges allegiance

                                                      to me.

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