IV.

you ever wake up
too tired
too sleepy
too exhausted
to brush your teeth

but you do it anyway
out of fear
of what people might think

sorta like the straight people
that see gays and trans folks
being beat and say

 absolutely nothing

or a cold dreary day
where no rain or snow falls
and everyone calls that day

beautiful

like those who ask

why do we hurt the ones whom we love 

while in the process of hurting them

it’s like when people say

you marry your mother or you marry your father

I wouldn’t marry him
my father that is
for whatever reason
my mother was in love with him

I just couldn’t see
saturday night dance
shuffling and quick stepping
into sunday morning

beatings

black eyes
arm bites
thick head knots
covered by afro wigs

but she was committed
she loved him all the way

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