Pikitia for Sad Tamariki

This poem was originally published in takahē 104.

Get in loser! 
We’re consulting the dictionary. 
Nah, the app, obviously. 
Kua rite? 

(verb) to be completely encircled, to move about, to develop 

(noun) mark to indicate a claim or right to property (verb) (-a,-tia) to set aside, reserve, book, earmark 

(noun) lesbian, gay, homosexual, gay men and women 

He takatāpui ahau. 
I claim my right to develop, 
to move freely, 
to be completely encircled 
by aroha and community. 

I will no longer set 
this part of myself aside, 
like a placecard at a 
formal dinner table. 
I am the unexpected music 
of the humble water glass. 

Leave the cis-hets to their 
matching pajamas and mass 
produced holiday cards, their 
op-eds about the resentments 
and third shifts of wives everywhere. 

Just so you know: 
I wouldn’t deadname a Charizard 
But I would steal a car.

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