A Linguistic Transgression

I grew up a liar.
Pretending to have toy cars and squirt guns,
but I wasn’t allowed to share them.
I rejected my mother’s rosy presents,
because I thought I had to be a man.

He struggles:
I want to describe myself in your terms,
but I don’t exist for you.

Weird bulges developed on my body
and I tried to speak and act righteosly,
but I remained a liar.
For each success my mother spilled the dirty secret.
And pushed me into my place.

She struggles:
I want to describe myself in your terms,
but I don’t exist for you.

I suffer from daltonism
but I know when to stop and when to go.
Even today I feel like a liar.
I’m so hungry,
but you force me to eat my soup with a fork.

They struggle:
I want to describe myself in your terms,
but I don’t exist for you.

They cried and screamed
that they weren’t a pig.
They cut the other’s brain.
but the angry mob ate them anyways.

They struggle:
I can describe myself in my own terms
and I will exist in the scar inflicted on you.

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This poem addresses a feeling and difficulties that most people that don’t fit with the binary gender distinction will know. The meaning of the lines

“I want to describe myself in your terms,
but I don’t exist for you.”

becomes even clearer, when you consider that there is no easy possibility to signify this by using pronouns in the German language (-> I’m German). I’ve heard people using “they” instead of “he” or “she” in English, but a construction like that is not possible in every language.  As our languages greatly influence the way we think, we should come up with a way to (linguistically) include non-binary individuals as well.

Until then, I’ll have to stick to this:

Agender

© iFunny 2016

 

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