It’s been a little over 24 years since Matthew Shepard was murdered. If you don’t recognize that name, there is plenty of information on the web, in addition to a movie about the incident.You can also visit The Matthew Shepard Foundation to lend your support.
This poem was written in response to W3 Prompt #29: Wea’ve Written Weekly on The Skeptic’s Kaddish, so please visit his page to read other responses.
This is a Blitz poem, in case you were wondering about the form.
Before you read on, this one is rather graphic, which is not my normal style. Sometimes I think we must be shocked in order to create awareness, evoke emotion and spur us to action. Last month marked the “anniversary” (I hate using that word to mark such a horrible occurence) of his death, and along with a couple other conversations I had this week, it just got me thinking about the discrimination and violence that is perpetrated toward marginalized groups. That is the place from which I wrote this.
Mouse Without Tale
Quiet as a mouse Quiet in the house Mouse on the loose Mouse has a noose Noose around the neck Noose above the deck Deck him in the eye Deck him ‘til he cries Cries but why bother Cries for his mother Mother fucker makes me sick Mother fucker likes the dick Dick lover Dick Discovered Discovered your secret Discovered Can’t keep it It’s out You’re out Out Now you’ve lost it Out of the closet Closet of lies Closet can’t hide Hiding whore Hiding no more More sticks and beer More kicks Queer Queer as fuck Queer as a duck Duck your head Duck or you’re dead Dead little girl Dead to the world World unknowing World keeps going Going without you Going to doubt you You’ll go to Hell Better not tell Tell your story Tell and be sorry Sorry you survived Sorry you’re alive Alive but not living Alive but not giving Giving details Giving your tale Tale about violence Tale that is silenced Silenced Violence Copyright © 2022 Brandon Ellrich
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