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pride parade
cadmium

it's 'pride parade,' but,
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i go to the ashamed parade;
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it's held the first rainy night
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in november,
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in the shrubbery;
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no girls allowed.
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i'm old school. my ex's died ordinary deaths:
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muggings, lynchings, suicide... i like
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the days before 'pride sponsered by budweiser,'
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before, 'how to tell if your two-year old is gay'
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and, "here comes the groom". doom.
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my mother and father were married -- talk about an elusive
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childhood: my mom would beat the shit out of me,
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and dad would sit there. my step dad... this place holder
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before the pod people came back for me.
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it's about being free in my body, in my mind -- free of anyone
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telling me how.
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i walk down the street, dialecting out of the last
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humiliating meeting. into that free mind space that walks over rainbows;
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making a script: i'm in the house of corridors:
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people speaking and re-speaking...
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i'm never them. maybe, if danny's parents hadn't
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come home before he kissed me -- us in eleventh grade.
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maybe if i were superman, jump off the moon.
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the river roils and escapades;
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easy is the twilight; there's the moon,
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it doesn't care if i kiss or dare. do or cry.
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i'm not gonna marry danny;
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i respect him and love him...
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it's not a sex thing or ring thing, it's a queer thing.
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stuff that up your rainbow LGBTUVQRXSY, gen null.
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19 Jun 17


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