KarMel Scholarship 2008
Honorable Mention: Best Poem
By Amanda Miller - MD
Desciption of Submission: “A poem to all homosexuals struggling under the weight of discrimination and hatred.” - Amanda
Why Karen and Melody Liked It: We loved the way she used her words to reach out not only to inspire others, but also to support those who many be suffering because of their sexuality.
To my gay brothers and sisters,
Linked as we are by our common humanity,
Let me offer you these words
To light your way in dark times of struggle.
To the girl at the lunch table
Who by some quirk of nature
Happens to like other girls
And must listen to homophobic hate speech in silence,
I say: Speak, and let your words
Be a weapon against ignorance.
To the boy standing shaking and afraid in his own
Who is about to come out to his parents
And grasps his boyfriend’s hand for courage,
Their entwined fingers a shield against intolerance,
I say: You are strong,
And you can survive anything.
To the man sitting alone in the hospital waiting room
Who will not be allowed
To see his dying life partner
And comfort him in his final hours,
I say: He hears your unspoken farewell
And you will be together again.
To the woman at the front of the courtroom
Who must testify against the stranger
That raped and beat her for loving another woman,
And watches her grip the witness’ stand with pale hands,
I say: Let punishment follow the crime;
Justice will prevail.
To anyone who has ever
Been made to feel less than normal
Less than needed
Less than beautiful
Less than loveable
Less than human
I say: hold your head up,
And be not afraid.
Know that it is not you
Who is the monster.