A Poem: Calling (or how to internalize oppression)

Heather Janet Barfoot 
With your orientation, you have to be celibate.

Who says?

God.

In the Bible? Where?

I’m not quite sure.

My parents are still hoping for grandchildren

and Michael (to my parents ‘Lizzi’)

wouldn’t understand.

What to do?

Celibacy makes me think

of RC priests.

Well, I could wear skirts.

and Michael wouldn’t be so hurt

and the parents would think it an honourable calling.

(“Sad about the grandchildren though”).

I suppose I’d better start studying.

Well, I won’t be alone,

they say there’s quite a lot of us –

don’t tell the Pope…

                               December 2012

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