Originally published on braveandwrecklessblog.com
(paying for your butch ego)
The fragility of the butch ego
To which we are slave,
Must be soothed by us,
Whispered to and petted,
As well as public,
So they can strut,
Cock of the walk.
Should their ego be slightly scratched,
A minor scratch that should be paid for by
Lips and tongue and sweet words,
Yet such currency is deemed unacceptable, rejected.
And so we must pay the price.
Have our own selves bound and lashed
By that stone butch cruelty,
Containing not a thing we crave.
Our every flaw memorized, learned by rote,
As if a lamentation and a prayer
To remind us of the
Imperfections of hip and thigh,
Of eye, nose, lips, and face,
Of breast and belly.
And before long, even of mind and soul.
Soon we become,
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