Hello, how are you? My name’s Cameron Jimenez — aka Deep Poetry — a Miami, Florida native and now Washington DC local poet working on my third book of poetry, which will feature the poem I have posted below.
I wrote my new book in the hope that people will understand the amount of bravery it takes to literally “Be Yourself.” Who would’ve thought, right? The question now is, who would’ve thought that being yourself would bring so much hate, turmoil, disconnect and even death?
To live in the land of the free, where “being free” is still being questioned, we can only wonder if this is a choice we’re making. And if it is, is it the right choice? And if it’s not, will others view it based solely on how we feel? This piece is entitled “Miranda.” It’s inspired by the last incident I heard regarding a young man who took his life after being bullied for dating a trans woman. This poem will be a dedicated poem in my new book, “Layers.” Please share. Thank you
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You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can never be used against you in the court of law even if you kill someone with your tongue. with your fist. With post on social media. You have the right to talk to a lawyer or other friends that are also homophobic-ally void And socially and sub-culturally bubbled advice before they ask you any questions. You have the right to have a lawyer or a homey with you during the questioning Of the questions the whens, the whats, the whys to these unanswered questions but The Who’s we know. If you cannot afford a lawyer or don’t have a friend to vouch for you, One will be appointed to you A choice you never gave many you have the right to stop answering at any time or you could just tell us…. How many homicides have you committed This year This month This week Today How many choices have you stolen from innocent people How many times have you questioned their heart before questioning their existence or sexuality And yet You stand here in front of these people playing the role of a God your were always unfit to audition for And you got it And society post sad comments to beautiful bodies being hollowed out by evil from the same culture the same group the same people the same You pretend to feel bad when your feelings are clear while the rain falls Until the sun comes out and with the rain these bodies evaporate Into their soon familiar ground with it So does those memories of these people who took their own lives to escape. To find a freedom they were promised To find the happily ever after they’ve read about What is it about us that confuses and angers you Some little boy was born today He will grow to be amazing But never matter A particular group will embrace his uniqueness and bravery And the other will pluck at him like a farmer to a hen before dropping it in the hot kettle to die He will be too much for the masses. They will clown him and make him feel as if who he is Is the no one that no one will remember rather or not he was here or not The knots will become one with his face Bruises will comfort him while he is awake and even as he sleeps his heart will skip beats because it’s already running from the hurt he will experience tomorrow He will be confused He will be happy and angry at the same time He will be ugly and beautiful in one lifetime He will have many friends but most will only come out to view his dead body He will die because he always felt he was living someone else’s life She will forgive all the People who called her a bad name And she will unwillingly throw in the towel And forfeit this game Not by choice but because of a fear You forced into her hand And you will record her last days On your Live or Insta-Story Never caring about his story Or the pages you never gave her a chance to write Because life would be better without any gays She will be so today And tomorrow forgotten Because these type situations go unnoticed Because the majority genuinely don’t care because this isn’t the same as cops killing us Or black on black crime Because gay people dying for being them Is dismissed all the time But in this moment, You don’t have a right so remain silent! Anything you say can and will be used against you in the court of law You can’t talk to a lawyer for advice And F%#K all your questions. Because he, she they We have a right….
Dedicated to all the fallen in the LGBTQIA+ Family that lives were taken through violence, or were cut short to bullying… #RIP
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Last modified: October 1, 2019