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A prayer to my mirror

May 24, 2015
By PoeticAtheist SILVER, Durham, North Carolina
PoeticAtheist SILVER, Durham, North Carolina
7 articles 7 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I go to seek a great perhaps."

To the man with the black hair and dark mean skin
you told me that after your children learned their ABC’s
they were taught how to pray for people like me.
To sit at the edge of their bed
look up at the stars and hope we regain our sanity.
But you might as well pray to a mirror
because I do the same.
I ask that heavenly being that is said to look over us
I ask God to find you
to find you in the forest and bring you back to my world:
a world of equality.


To the man with a big sign
beating down my self-confidence by the second:
Do not bring your child into a world of animosity
where they are only shown one side.
Tell your son that the words he is saying
are tying a knot from the ceiling of a bedroom.
Tell him that those words are stuffing excess amounts of Norco down teenager’s throats
And let him know that the only reason his words are true is because he made them so.


To the anonymous woman sitting at her dining table
eating bacon;
the grease dripping off that dead animal and onto your sacred bible
Tell me to my face that you abide by all the laws of christianity.
Look into my eyes and say that tomorrow,
you will go down to the black market and sell your daughter into slavery.
That you follow the laws shown by Jesus
who promised and preached love.
Because anonymous woman,
I think we both know the truth:
That you are no more open-minded than a horse with blinders.
That you follow what you want and disregard everything else.
Heart beating fast;
your hands the clammiest that they’ll ever be
tell me that you only eat “holy bacon.”


To the secret ally who thought that they could call their church home
until they learned the difference between expression and oppression.
This Sunday, go to church and pray; and sing.
But this time secret ally,
preach a different prayer and sing a different song.
Sit in that pew with your hands clasped and your eyes closed
and pray that everyone sitting around you is found.
That your mother is no longer afraid of people like us
and that your father removes the word f**got from his vocabulary
And that someday
you will realize
you don’t have to be secret anymore


To the secret ally who wants to start a GSA in their school.
I dare you to see the pleading in Jesus’ eyes not because he is dying,
but because his message has been obscured.
I dare you to break down every wall of enclosure that anyone has ever put in your way.
And secret ally I dare you
to tell those people at your church...
to do the same
because secret ally I can’t tell you exactly how long we will last
In a world where hatred is hidden in plain sight behind every alleyway;
But I can tell you this:
It won’t be long

The author's comments:

For my creative writing class, I had to write a protest poem. I immediatelly thought about hate that comes from the queer community. After struggling to write about that, I chose to write about christianity. This poem was specifically written to reflect on the practice and how some believers only take it as they see it. Please keep in mind that the first two "stories in this poem are real encounters from my life. Thank you, I hope you all enjoy!

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on Aug. 3 2015 at 1:34 am
ThePoeticJustice PLATINUM, Houston, Texas
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Favorite Quote:
Hold fast and keep your head up high for life will pass right by you like a speeding bird if you don't acknowledge it- Charles Moorer III (me)

I love the points brought up. I love the writing freestyle, I love the topic lol basically everything about it. This is not my struggle, ergo I cannot really connect with this piece, but I am an activist myself for justice, mainly racial. But I understand this struggle, and the laws and regulations of the bible have been tampered with, although in all fairness, there wasn't a single thing in the bible that accepted or acknowledged homosexuality. In fact, two cities were destroyed because of this disregard of god's natural law (among other things). But just like everything else is looked away on, people should let others do what they do, and mind their own business when it comes to someone's personal life. Anyways, great poem, loved it much

Alia_S BRONZE said...
on Jun. 27 2015 at 6:23 pm
Alia_S BRONZE, Monmouth Junction, New Jersey
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This is beautiful - raw, and almost biting. I believe vehemently in it, and in you. Thanks for sharing it. :)

ooops said...
on Jun. 19 2015 at 10:52 am
ooops, Erie, Pennsylvania
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Favorite Quote:
"The opposite of war isn't peace; it's creation" - Jonathan Larson (RENT)

This is really really good! Keep writing!!!

on Jun. 6 2015 at 6:45 pm
PoeticAtheist SILVER, Durham, North Carolina
7 articles 7 photos 19 comments

Favorite Quote:
"I go to seek a great perhaps."

thank you. I was trying to do a spin-off of the (cliched) closeted Gay person who is extremely christian

on Jun. 6 2015 at 3:06 pm
Richcoca PLATINUM, Canoga Park, California
44 articles 5 photos 71 comments

Favorite Quote:
Make as many as mistakes as you want, just don't make the same mistake.

Whoa! Well, that was an emotional roller-coaster. You've got a gift; my only concern is that it's awfully long so you might lose people mid way. You were beginning to lose me between the woman and holy bacon. Seriously, great comeback with the secret ally.