a slam poem by Sandy Roffey

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My daughter told me she was gay,
And 40 years of her life passed before my eyes.
40 years of being ridiculed at school, at work, at the train station.
40 years of wondering whether she can be herself or has to hide,
40 years of being unable to marry the woman she loves with the recognition of
The government.
My daughter told me she was gay
And 40 years of my life passed before my eyes.
40 years of worrying if she’ll make it home safe
40 years of fearing that some jerk has spewed hate
40 years of beating my fists against the wall because the world can be cruel
To gay girls.
My daughter told me she was gay,
And 40 years of her life passed before my eyes.
40 years of fighting for her rights at school, at work, in the Capitol
40 years of Pride parades, and equality marches, activism and
40 years of telling the world in one voice I WILL be
TRUE TO MYSELF.
MY daughter told me she was GAY
AND 40 YEARS OF MY LIFE PASSED BEFORE MY EYES.
40 years of one true love, the same kind as mine
40 years of being proud of this beautiful girl who IS mine, who is GOOD, who is FINE
40 years of standing by her, of loving her, truly
FOR WHO & WHAT SHE IS
My daughter told me she was gay,
And I hugged her.  And I told her, without pause, that I love her, and she can love woman, man, both, or nothing and she will still be
My BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER.

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Sandy Roffey is a writer, mom, and former educator living in the Northeast with her coffee-loving husband, two non-conformist teens, and a tyrannical baby.  Her writing has been featured on Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, and BlogHer.  She is currently working on a novel and sharing her everyday exploits on Suck At Home Mom’s Cranky Blog. 

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