Guest post by Clara Littleton
I am a girl, pretty and fair.
I like to wear flowers in my hair.
I care and Share with all I meet.
I worry about all the people without enough to eat.
I am a woman and think with my heart,
by this is only a very ..very small part.
Some days…. many days….
When this is me….
I want to race cars, climb mountains and play baseball.
these are the days I dread….
when the words come that I don’t like,
I don’t like them at all.
Dyke, bitch, confused and not doing my part.
Now that I think back, not so much.
The names are here no matter the garb.
Tom boy, whore
Biker bitch, tease
My long dress, they think I cover for shame.
Too long or too short,
look at those clothes. She’s such as slut.
She must be selling something, I bet it’s free.
Tits too small, or too big. They bet they’re fake
They stop and stare.
Is it my clothes, maybe my hair?
I wonder why they are still standing there.
I turn away.
I want to fight back.
I want to scream,
but these same venomous words are all that is available to me.
To label me.
Not girl enough, too much a boy.
I dance with spiders and snakes.
Sometimes they assume it’s all a fake.
Is it because I am a girl?….
To the man crying out to be allowed to feel.
This all makes my head whorl.
From the men too, pride they steal.
Rare day they dare,
To ask me, to be fair?
What label may we address?
I’m always caught so unaware.
Bo, girl, femme, masculine,
modest, outrageous, too skinny, tooo fat,
I sometimes forget where I’m at.
Lost in what I might be called,
They ask again, wanting to know it all.
I sigh, the words don’t mean a damn.
Not to me, or these people who have set me free
from these labels, schemes and plots.
They ask again, what label do you want?
Finally, I look up, filled with dread.
I feel sad and mad and wish I’d fled.
I contemplate one moment,
the words still flying free.
If you want to label me…
I remind them of civility.
Label me please but with the label I want….
Stop playing this game,
for the label YOU want.
For everyone it’s simply the same.
I just want you to ask for my name.
About the poet:
Carla is an accomplished educator and art enthusiast who also owns and operates her own artistic services and jewelry business Archaeotype Designs.