by Maria Francesca
I don't get sunburned -
the great gift of extra melanin
protects me from peeling
so I can proclaim every summer:
Just for today
I bet you wish you were black
but today I am sunburned
by the side of University Avenue for two hours
and cheering --
really cheering --
as hundreds of people
to celebrate themselves
and us -
the people who cheered for them
and accepted them
and loved them
and loved ourselves just a little more
than we had before.
my throat hurts from hooting
and my nose is peeling
and my cheeks are glowing red
and I am so happy.
Author's Note: I attended San Diego's Gay Pride Parade this weekend. It was my first time and although I'm not gay, I felt such an aura of love and joy and acceptance. If I can, I'll attend every year.
Posted on 07/19/2011
Copyright © 2023 Maria Francesca
|Member Comments on this Poem|
|Posted by George Hoerner on 07/19/11 at 11:45 PM|
Thanks for attending! I believe we should treat humans like humans with dignity and respect until they show us otherwise.
|Posted by Mo Couts on 07/20/11 at 12:45 AM|
Oh yay!! What a happy, happy poem. So charming and lovely. Thank you for your acceptance and understanding; it means more than I can say!