Here are some of the poems, short stories, and monologues I've written - and, in some cases, performed - that shed a light on mental health, discrimination, and some of the experiences I've had or heard about.
The Rose Poem
The rose is the symbol of love. So no wonder it never grows in my garden Without tendrils of bindweed squeezing it's throat Winding tighter and tighter until the leaves harden And die.
The rose is the symbol of love. So no surprise that it's studded with many a thorn That leave ruby beads on my skin So when I attempt to obtain a flower untorn I bleed.
Learn to Be Silent The girl was a delicate butterfly, flitting through her early years of life Fragile wings danced her through glimmering mists of white High above the other children, free from her parent’s strife Her heart beamed without direction, searching only for escape’s lustrous light Despite the fairy mask of smiles, Her abashed tendrils of soul would shatter in the night.
I am a boy. My body has been invaded with a cold caress like poisoned honey When I came forward, I was told that any boy would want to be used as a toy I'm frozen in soundless self hatred, my tainted body cannot be fixed with money I am a boy. I've been beaten and hurt but society seems to think its funny.