Honorable Mention: Best Poem
"Oh, We Are Proud"
By Simone Parker - MN
2012 KarMel Scholarship Submission
KarMel Scholarship 2012
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Description of Submission:
"This poem is about all the ways this world looks down on people simply because they are gay, primarily about how
even people who think they're accepting aren't really. I live in Minneapolis and it's a great place to be, but people
think that just because Minneapolis is pretty open, there are no issues here with people feeling alienated or
victimized or discriminated against. They think it's not an issue, but then they go and say something offensive and
insist that they're not anti-gay, therefore it's okay. This poem is to tell them it's not okay." - Simone


Why Karen and Melody Liked It:   
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his is a very nice written poem.  We feel the energy and emotions behind what Simone is trying to say.
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There is something wrong with the world
Because we are proud
of ourselves
for executing common decency.
Because we pat ourselves on the backs
and announce
“We are accepting!”
We do not think before we tell a friend
“I knew you
before you were gay.”
And, oh, we are proud.

There is something wrong with the world
Because the rope they threw us to help us out
tied itself around our necks and
pulled itself tight.
Because we scream at the top of our lungs
and they still won’t acknowledge us.
We are in their heads but they are in our laws
And, oh, we are proud.

There is something wrong with the world
Because we are some carnival sideshow
Because we are something to hoot and holler at,
something to make your jaw drop,
something to make you giggle and
move on.
We are left-handed in a third world country
And, oh, we are proud.

There is something wrong with the world
Because of the girl who jumped out the window and
the boy who swallowed the pills and
the ones who slit their wrists.
Because we are fighting for our lives.
We are fighting but we’re losing
And, oh, we are proud.