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Day 7: Prayer for My Trans Siblings by H. Melt

Queer Poem-a-Day is a program from the Adult Services Department at the Library and may include adult language.

Prayer for My Trans Siblings

by H. Melt

Praised are you who remember
Leelah & Blake, Greyson
& Mark, Layleen & Leslie

Praised are you who hold up
the trans universe, who
agitate & educate
migrate & radiate

Praised are you who shelter us
in libraries & nursing homes
locker rooms & train cars
prison cells & hospital beds

Praised are you who clothe us
in combat boots & leggings
button ups & chainmaille
leather & pleather
faux fur & sequins

Praised are you who share
our joy in naming & renaming
screaming & dreaming
injecting & rejecting

Praised are you who soothe us
from the harms we inflict on
ourselves & each other

Let us hope for a day
when we no longer
need to pray for
our safety.

Copyright © 2021 by H. Melt. Used with the permission of the author.

About the Author

Author headshotH. Melt is a poet, artist, and educator whose work celebrates trans people, history, and culture. They are the author of The Plural, The Blurring and editor of Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation. Lambda Literary awarded them the Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging LGBTQ Writers. Their next book, There Are Trans People Here, is forthcoming from Haymarket Books in the fall of 2021. For more:


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2021 Queer Poem a Day

Queer Poem-a-Day is directed by poet and teacher Lisa Hiton and Dylan Zavagno, Adult Services Coordinator at the Deerfield Public Library. Music for this second year of our series is the first movement, Schéhérazade, from Masques, Op. 34, by Karol Szymanowski, performed by pianist Daniel Baer. Queer Poem-a-Day is supported by generous donations from the Friends of the Deerfield Public Library and the Deerfield Fine Arts Commission.

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