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Oct 2016


Pre word: The piece I have written is in the form of spoken word poetry. This means that it is meant to be read outloud. To the theme “to thine own self be true”, my spoken word poem is about being lgbt youth in the world and having to deal with a sense of prejudice both self inflicted and from external parties. The recurring mention of the child represents an lgbt child, and as the poem progresses there is the introduction of a galaxy. The galaxy symbolises the silver lining, it shows that it’s ok to be you and there is always beauty in that which is unknown.

The stars are slowly disappearing from the sky

Once held together amongst false pretenses

Thin cobwebs of misguided dreams dress each constellation

For deception is now synonymous with normality

And there are children

Broken and bruised

That no metaphor can help lessen the deep violet marks

As they etch their skin

To expose their sins

For your inconclusive gratification

There is a child screaming

Not so much loud

But more to the internal rhythm of their heart

As it beats too fast

To compensate for the holes in their lungs

There are children crying, dying and all the while asking why

You look at this child helpless

You look at this child not knowing what to do

Yet wanting to know, but knowing that if they know, that you know, that you’re scared, then where is the fight

Clenched fists we raise them

Not thinking about the why

Not thinking about the signs

Yet still these fists are raised

Fuelled by passion under the branch called love

Children are crying

Because love, love was never supposed to hurt like this

Love was never one for good measure so ingrained is pain

And I would say all you need is love, but love is laced with crazy

A little bit of not right

A little bit of I know best

Where is the humanity? I’m on my knees to religion

On my knees for retribution

Asking why I’m the one that’s sinning

Each word is absorbed like holy water

It seems to find it’s way into wounds to amend them

Lacing each imperfection with a scarlet letter

With no visible wounds to begin with

Just so they could be fixed to claim you had reasons from God

That you were somehow better than your neighbour

Love thy neighbour

But now scripture is in politics

And politics can be found in the knife that I pull out of my back

That you wedged between love and trust me

But I can’t love what I don’t trust

Being on the back foot with each corner turned

Having it on the tip of my tongue

Yet words disappearing as if falling off a cliff face

Hollow cheekbones we walk around but ain’t that the fashion

Wearing a silk gown of insecurities

Scared to walk down the street

Because my heels are made out of porcelain

And the pavement is hard

But I have no choice if i want to make it down the street

So I keep on walking

Heart beating faster than I can count I can’t keep up, because Sunday’s coming along

And we don’t have a good track record

And Sunday’s have never been too favourable of my ilk

What does that even mean?

You come across a lake

Scared that the reflection may be of a discipline not yet ascertained

Trying to avoid the child crying and dying

But everywhere you look are these children

That you swear have the galaxy in their eyes

Glancing looks down, the galaxy hides away

And these children,

These children never look at one another to see that there is beauty in another galaxy

That there is more than what they know

That the eyes, the eyes can be deceptive

And being in solitude doesn’t mean you’re alone

Because the loudest of noises can be heard from the quietest of sounds

And barren lands are now sprouting carnations

Each colour painting a different part of tomorrow

There is this lake

Shown is simplicity

The vast body of water allows for the past, present, the future

It shows the galaxy

Looking back at you is the child

Looking back is you

I used to go out at night to count the stars

Stopping at four

I could not go any higher

Because it is only now, only now I can see the galaxy

And say just one minute longer


Georgia Panopoulos

Year 10


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