A New Day, Another Poll

A new day…another poll.

Do they like us more today than yesterday

This referendum on hate and bigotry is sickening

We are not new,

We have always been here.

Hiding in the shadows for fear of retribution.

Frequently the target of slings and arrows

Thrown by our brothers and sisters.

Sadly, sometimes they hit the mark.

Why such animosity?

We breath the same air you do,

Drink the same water,

Eat the same food.

We are born of the sacred vessel like you

And we die alone as you do.

We love like you do,

We long to be loved like you do.

We are children of God like you.

You know us though you may not know it.

We are your sons and daughters,

We are your friends and acquaintances,

We are the person you pass on the street,

We are the teacher in your schools,

We are the soldier fighting for your freedom,

We are fireman and policeman,

We are the teller at your ban,

We are the checkout clerk at your convenience store,

We are parents,

We want to be parents,

We were born this way,

Though you think it a choice.

We are gay not broken,

We are not something you need to fix.

We are all created equal,

Wasn’t that the promise made to all of us

Not just to you?

                                 ~

~~ Dominic R. DiFrancesco ~~

* I wrote this piece because I am tired of the endless polls regarding American’s attitudes toward gay marriage.  We seem to have this morbid fascination with the LGBT community to the point that  many of us are willing to discriminate against them just to keep them from marrying.  In my opinion, not only is this absurd, but it is also unconstitutional and should never have been an issue in the first place.  I personally have family members who are gay and I have neither treated them nor looked upon them any differently than anyone else because of their sexual orientation.  I have never felt threatened by them, nor have they ever been a threat to the children in our family.  They are terrific people.  Folks, you don’t chose to be gay, you are born that way.  Isn’t it time we get over our homophobia and extend the rights to them as citizens that they are guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and put an end to this nonsense.

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8 thoughts on “A New Day, Another Poll

  1. Yay! Go get them. Excellent poem – with an unexpected twist. And if all of us abided by the Golden rule, you know “Do unto others…” wouldn’t this be quite the marvellous world?

  2. Strong, passionate poem as always Dominic. I am simply too cynical to believe there will ever be any resolution to “our” issues as long as there are people involved. There will always be two sides (at least, if not more) and the clash will always be unresolvable in my opinion. Whether it is because some have to be right, or it is fear, or judgmentalism, or whatever, rights and freedoms will always be challenged by someone for some reason. Maybe that is just sad, but I think it is true nonetheless. I too wish things could be different, I just don’t have much faith that they ever will be. Great thought/emotion provoking poem!

    • Thank you so very much for reading the poem and for your comment. I wish I could say that I disagreed with your comment, but I don’t. The human race has been around for thousands of years and we still haven’t figured things like this out, so like you, I don’t hold out much hope that we ever will. If we would only let “bygones be bygones” this world would be a much better place.

  3. WAY beyond time. Isn’t this what we fought for in the ‘sixties? “C’mon people now; smile on your brother; everybody get together; try and love one another Right Now.”
    Fifty years later, we’re still holding space for this vision come to fruition.
    And though yes, there will always be polarity here on earth as that is its nature, it doesn’t have to be polarized quite so drastically. We are what we are. Let us be what we will be.

    • Here! Here! Very well said. One would think that we would have moved past this pettiness long ago, but sadly the struggle goes on. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem. 🙂

      • Right back atcha!
        And yes, struggle/adversity. It’s the part of life most of us don’t like, but it’s also, I’ve found, the very thing that spurs us to grow and deepen as human beings. Some increase their capacity for compassion because of it. Others get angrier, destructive, self destructive. Always a choice involved, though sometimes it doesn’t feel that way.
        Blessings to you, and know there is a groundswell of support that cannot be stopped. Change is happening rapidly, and I, for one, welcome it!

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