KarMel Scholarship 2010
Honorable Mention: Best Poem
“The Bright Future for You and Me”
By John Terada - TX
Description of Submission: “This poem details the bright future ahead of the LGBT community through my eyes, both optimistically and realistically, with my boyfriend” - John
Why Karen and Melody Liked It: We really thought the poem showed how we can all have hope for the future to be better than today. It was nice how John brought in details of our current laws and how they affect our everyday lives at the moment. We can all certainly hope for the bright future John has written about!
I know that day we stand as second-class citizens,
Denied of our right to hold hands in matrimony under the auspices of our country,
Denied of our right to have a child enter our warm home inside our country,
But amongst it all, I see the bright future for you and me.
In this bright future I witness legislation firmly protecting our mental and physical wounds,
Where self-expression does not result in brutal torture or subtle denial of service,
Where self-expression does not entail losing employment,
Where self-expression does not prevent me from any opportunity.
In this bright future I serve as a proud supporter of the law repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,
Where self-identity does not define our capabilities to serve our country,
Where self-identity does not discharge one honorably or dishonorably while serving our country,
Where self-identity does not prohibit us from defending our country.
In this bright future I declare my love forever and always to have and to hold,
Where self proclamation does no deny us legal recognition,
Where self proclamation does not become an outlandish political aberration,
Where self proclamation does not fall on deaf ears of the government.
In this bright future I hold in my arms the gift of life,
Where adoration of a child does not cause hysteria of turning them gay,
Where adoration of a child does not lead to discrimination towards him or her,
Where adoration of a child does not take away our wish to raise children.
It may mean more harsh undertones and end of breath remarks,
It may mean more incidents of food poisoning at restaurants,
It may mean more denials of service like buying a home together,
It may mean more times being caught between the wire of politics,
But, still, I see the bright future for you and me.
For we will see the judge laying down the law to those who throw violence at us,
For we will see job offers extended for positions we are adequately qualified for,
For we will be under one roof knowing we will exchange the word partners for spouses,
For we will be raising our beautiful and brilliant children advocating tolerance,
And we will grow old together truly as a full-fledged citizen.
Most important, my dear, I see the bright future of you and me,
Because I am next to you through this all,
Both suffering together through the bad and rejoicing through the good,
Knowing we have overcome the odds as a family,
To continually live lovingly for an ever brighter future for you and me.