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Poem: But Tonight

Poem: But Tonight

Tonight.

My country does not love me

Tonight

I know my country never did

But tonight

I will love the boy next to me,

My mother who sent me a text this morning

The woman who hugged me as I broke down,

And everyone else I can fill in the spaces

Between my heartbeats

Tonight

I am told I can’t feel

But Tonight

I can feel the chill of the untouched parts of my bed sheets

The tightness in my chest and throat

The burning in the back of my eyes

Tonight

I am told I am powerless

But tonight

I still have enough power to grip onto my pillow,

I still have enough power to scream,

Create muffled echoes that cause the cotton and feathers to ricochet inside the sheets

I still have enough power

To stare right at everything that hates me through a bright screen

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Or silence their voices, let their expressions fade to black

With a click

I still love.

I still feel.

I still have power.

And this is only for one night.

Imagine what I can do

In two nights

In two months

In two years

In two decades

Imagine what we can do

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