Skin-ned

Version 1:

“Stereotypes create queers”, they told her.

The stereotypical anti[thesis] herself-

she didn’t blink at the gradual pink of the house;

nor at the tactile, volatile state of mind.

When her son’s bra was burnt- symbolically, violently-

the four pink walls turned crimson.

Stereotypes create queers.”

Hadn’t they told her so before?

Version 2:

They blamed Her

for painting his walls pink

-for teaching him it was okay to cry

-for making him a better person but not a better son.

Stereotypes create queers.

‘Bra burning’ was just as symbolic now,

Even if only within their four pink walls.