The Black-Eyed Baritone


My knowledge still finds depth,

The number of my years are but a few,

Yet a frightful reality awakes,

The strength of its horizon… Crippling!

 

The frequency of her heartbreaking cries,

Intense horror inflicted upon such tenderness,

Verbal!… Physical!!… Sexual!!!…

The Hurt… the Pain… and sometimes, the LOSS.

 

“V-E-N-G-E-A-N-C-E!!!”, the crowd yells

Against the perpetrators of such evil.

“TO THE GALLOWS!!!”, they call out in merciless plea,

Seeking atonement with his blood.

“Drag him along the sun-scorching highways”,

“Feed his carcass to the birds of hate”,

“And rid the earth of all the sorrow he brings”.

 

But for the RECORDS, separate that one…

“Yes YOU!”…

“Reaffirm your plea!

Oh Monster!!!”

 

A quintessence of physical and mental strength…

Shoulder-high in social status with Wealth and Class…

A velvety sound that echoes with the waters…

Heaving no sigh or flinch of weakness…

For it is unacceptable of my specie.

 

Shrouded from birth by stereotypes…

“Tears are for thoey of no strength”… “Unguarded emotions is not for your kind”…

I have cried and grieved in silence many of my days,

Never to be heard by another,

For I am “Masculine”!

 

Before I plead… before your sentence…

Allow me one question, I pray thee, since you have let me speak at all…

Why should Laughter, Love and Joy have free expression,

Yet Pain, Loss and Hurt be muffled to suffer in quantum silence?

 

Another yet I pray, since you allowed me the first…

How do I rid my heart and mind of the decay of muffled emotions of hideous times past?

 

A last, one more please, and no other…

When I am all alone with the horrifying confusion in my thoughts,

Where… How… do I find release?…

From the Pain, the Shame… the Fear… That steadily consumes my soul…

And anchors me deeper into the sea of unquantifiable calamity?

 

Oh that you may look closely…

See… Consider… Acknowledge…

That I am just as battered,

VERBALLY! PHYSICALLY!! SEXUALLY!!!

 

My plea…?

NOT SO GUILTY!

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