A Visit To The Other Sides


A met a boy in a bar that was

Known to accept those who are gay

And it harkened me back it seems

To the past and a particular day


I didn’t know then what I know now

About the sexual appetites that we all have

We only picked on those of us different

Picking off scabs while not using a salve


Although I didn’t know it then

Perhaps he did not know it either

What it would take to make him smile

To make him into a heavy breather


I for sure knew that I liked girls

Not that I had made any passes

I was caught making stupid sayings

Something about not wearing glasses


And I thought when I saw him then

About what his life might have been

Although there was nothing about him

His differences by me were not seen


I wasn’t in the same boat that he sailed

I was perhaps in my own lonesome sea

Worried about myself all the time

And what the future would bring upon me


So distant was I and he seemed a nice guy

But our paths never really collided

My understanding then was so incomplete

As I thought life was only two-sided


I know now my great ignorance

As I see that there is many a route

And many ways to travel the distance

All something that one could proudly tout


And so it’s another soul that I missed

A person who could have understood

That acceptance is the primary task

Believing in others the ultimate good


Later I understood that the boy had died

In an explosion filled with pure hate

I hoped that someday acceptance could be

But for him and many others it was too late


Barbara Blackcinder


About Barbara Blackcinder

I am a poet/writer with a need for words. There are so many out there that I haven't used yet. They define all reality and mine when you read those from me.
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2 Responses to A Visit To The Other Sides

  1. Yup. I’m still here. Thanks for reading and sharing.

  2. Always good to see your work — knowing you’re still out there…

    Sharing this on my social media 🙂

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