Hard to know whom this poem will offend most

Valediction

I still have most of you. They changed your shape
Carved you and stitched you. Threw away my balls
but when – as happens – someone hostile calls
what I chose mutilation, madness, rape,

I think unfondly of you. You’d go hard
when I was feeling tender, and would squirt
grey gunge like an eruption of wet dirt.
With you love sex and gentleness were marred.

Yet now your strength gives tightness to each fuck.
Your thrilling nerves are rolled into a bud
that throbs. You still draw in a tide of blood
I hear it roar and ebb and feel it suck

gentle and overwhelming as the sea.
You’re gone, but are still there, a part of me

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About rozkaveney

Middleaged, trans, novelist, poet, activist
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8 Responses to Hard to know whom this poem will offend most

  1. laplor says:

    I hope anyone who is offended knows to just shut up and wander away, because this is beautiful. Keeping the best of anything and discard or reshaping the rest is just practical!

  2. theperkygoth says:

    This is such a beautiful poem, I wish I had the words to express how amazing I think it is.

  3. lil_shepherd says:

    Something as personal as this poem is not subject to other people’s opinions.

    However, for what it is worth, it stopped me in my tracks and made me look at things from your point of view. I am very impressed.

  4. I agree with …I don’t experience what you do but the poem makes me stop and think about it. If anyone is offended they can move to the next post. Thanks for writing this poem.

  5. agent_dani says:

    For what it’s worth I like it and identify with parts of it (I’m still pre-op, though, so can’t yet say about some parts of it.)

  6. likethewatch says:

    Anyone who’s offended by that poem is likely a dick.

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