in real time on Twitter, mostly about trans teenagers. And of course she told me all about the male privilege I grew up with – from her vast knowledge and experience of my life…
But we waste nothing, and poetry is a way of wasting nothing.
On My Male Privilege
My long thin skinny legs, arms without hair,
Nipples as large as eyes stared from my chest
the faintest curve of what might be a breast.
One day my classmates tied me to a chair
Went to the blackboard, picked up coloured chalks
rubbed blue above my eyes, red on my cheeks
and lips. The soreness stayed there for two weeks.
I’d often go for melancholy walks
out by the sewage farm and smell the shit
my life was then. Boys told me I was queer
hang me from windows, stand around and jeer
I was a freak a girl a thing an it.
How can I trust women who say I’m hot?
Those sneering voices tell me that I’m not.