A Queer Poem a Day

A June Poetry Challenge in Celebration of Pride Month

Holly Lyn Walrath
Jun 22, 2020 · 3 min read

Hey y’all! I’m doing another Instagram poetry challenge this month. My goal is to write a queer poem a day in celebration of Pride Month. You can follow along on my Instagram account @Holly__Lyn. I started this for fun, as a way to process my feelings about Pride Month and what it means to me, so I hope you enjoy reading along.

Love is love, y’all. Let’s make the world full of glitter and rainbows.

Day 1

We
kissed
like
friends
and I’m still
not sure I know
the difference when
it comes to women

Day 2

You are perfect
Just the way you are
I wouldn’t change
A single color

Day 3

Our bodies
do not
define us
our hearts
and their
love
are what
matters

Day 4

I want
to hold
you
outside
I want
to feel
you
wild

Day 5

We’ve spent
enough time
underground
like monsters
it’s time to
come out
into the light

Day 6

Our skin
and bones
are only
so deep
but our
hearts
and minds
are
fathomless

Day 7

We have
rivers
of pain
inside us
but we’re
learning
to swim
together

Day 8

I knew
I found
family
when
I found
you
even if
your family
doesn’t
love us

Day 9

We wear our
hurts on the
outside now
we’ve given up
on hiding all
this violence

Day 10

adding
“but”
to
I love
you
isn’t
I love
you

Day 11

They wanna say
our love is a lie
but we’re strong
like mountains
and we’re fierce
like rainbows

Day 12

You can be mad
and stand up
for your beliefs
you are a spectrum
that makes you human

Day 13

Maybe one day
we can learn to love
ourselves unconditionally
every dark crevice
every brilliant sunbeam

Day 14

You’re not alone
we’re all in this
together
labels or not
silent or loud

Day 14

I may not
be good at this
deciding the right
way to love
but at least
I know how
to love

Day 15

Write what you love
Love what you write

Day 16

Your life
is yours
to live
and it’s
worth
living

Day 17

I learned how to love best
from the people who’d been told
they weren’t worthy of love

Day 18

Bury me in your body
I want to sleep in your veins
My skin’s too soft for men
Give me love ungodly

Day 19

It’s
easier
if you
don’t know
who I am
on the inside
it’s easier
to be someone
in-between
invisible
and daylight

Day 20

If I walk out that door
I don’t know what’s outside
I’ve never dreamed of more
It’s easier to hide inside
Who will I be out there
Will anyone even care?

Day 21

Love is a stairway
I can’t manage
Always been this savage
Easy to lead away

Day 22

Make me up like a doll
Push me out at nightfall
This is how women brawl
There is no protocol
There is no protocol

Day 23

I want to say hope
but I’ve forgotten
how it sounds
in my mouth

Stay tuned for more queer poems as I update this page!

Holly Lyn Walrath is a freelance editor based out of Houston, Texas. She holds a B.A. in English from The University of Texas and a Master’s in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. She provides editing services for writers and organizations of all genres, experiences, and backgrounds, but enjoys working with new writers best. Find her on Twitter or visit her website.

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