Held Breath
Held Breath lgbt stories

hadyntumaobLGBT, Culture and Love poems
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A gay poem exploring the sensation of having to hold your breath your entire life if you are born a gay man in this heterosexist world.

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Held Breath

I believed when he said I am wicked;

A lifetime of held breath and tortured lies.

There appeared no way to open my heart –

I mixed my words with smoke just to survive.

My existence offended the holy;

Forced me to suffocate my breath at birth.

Mother’s womb housed an abomination –

A thousand stones smashed my face in the dirt.

Within my first few months, I learned the truth;

Words would be used against me to oppress.

The majority used their privilege –

Forced me to deny my need to express.

The soft voices whispered uneasy truths;

The time had come to release my held breath.

The images of hate travelled the world –

Ravaged minds realised their views were dead.

After a lifetime of holding my breath,

the world spun to the minority beat.

My chains fell upon heterosexists –

And for the first time I breathed on the street.

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