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What it means

  • Posted on November 10, 2021 at 9:01 pm

This is what it means to be trans
to get up – in the morning, put your clothes on
and face the world.
This is what it means to be trans
to face the world – take the car to work
and drive.
This is what it means to be trans
to drive – and when asked for whatever reason
show your licence.
This is what it means to be trans
to show your licence, know it represents you
without questions.
This is what it means to be trans
to face questions – when being yourself always
means different.
This is what it means to be trans
to be different – yet confident, ready to explain
but avoiding.
This is what it means to be trans
to avoid – your history, leave yourself behind
sometimes to lie.
This is what it means to be trans
to lie – with someone you love, find comfort
and it doesn’t matter.
This is what it means to be trans
it doesn’t matter – when you’re trusted, only when
you aren’t.
This is what it means to be trans
you aren’t – safe online, in theory or ideology
because sex.
This is what it means to be trans
because sex – is a word and gender isn’t to some
you’re unreal.
This is what it means to be trans
when you un-reel, unwind, lose yourself, dare
simply to love.
This is what it means to be trans
to love – simply, uncomplicated without script
or licence.
This is what it means to be trans
to be licensed – to be driven and to face the world
with permissions.
This is what it means to be trans
to be permitted – to be conditional, debated, dressed
in everyone’s fears.
This is what it means to be trans
to face those fears – go home, take off your clothes
and address the night.

2021©Andie Davidson