ANTI-ELEGY FOR ALL THE TRANS PEOPLE WHO ARE STILL ALIVE
Myles Taylor

Yeah sure, of course I’ve had those moments,

the ones you came here for. Holding them

while they mourn their dead trans friend,

the friend’s green skin & blue gown, as if

they were simply an angel being viewed

underwater, which, you could argue,

they were, that we all are, but I don’t want

to talk about that right now.

I want to talk about the moment after,

when their grief slowed & we laughed & kissed

like our bodies were actually ours

& not some too-small pillowcase our soft souls

were stuffed into, our genders muffin-topped

out the end, unprotected. I want to talk about

their laugh & her smile & their weird sense of humor

& his favorite ice cream flavor & my god,

the one that only shows up when we are crying

& only to help us hold the water back

before we find ourselves again, & then they’ll leave,

knowing that if we have survived this long,

we can do anything they could have done

& more.

Myles Taylor (they/he) is a transmasculine writer, organizer, award-winning poetry slam competitor, barista, Emerson College alum, Capricorn-Aquarius cusp, and glitter enthusiast. They run Moonlighting: A Queer Open Mic and host at the Boston Poetry Slam. Their work can be found in The Shallow Ends, Academy of American Poets, Washington Square Review, and others. Follow them @mylesdoespoems.

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