A Sword

Grant me this in the darkness,
Stay the chattering din.
Shrug off the weighted judgment
Spark the light within.

When words are weapons of terror
When scorn is a theatre of war
Let my wit time unknit in the furor
Heart’s wisdom that came before.

The guard derelicts their duty
The magistrate strays from his word
It falls to my pals to protect me
Together we wield the sword.

For Transgender Day of Visibility
March 31, 2024