#100peoplepoems part 18: Kate

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March 31, 2016 by Sez

It is#thankyouthursday and it is also Transgender Day Of Visibility. So today’s poem has to be for Kate Bornstein, who teaches me so much. Including the concept of shenpa.

In the middle of the argument 

The fishhook slides into

The flesh of your lip.

You freeze,

Your eyes are glazed,

And all you want to do is pull away

But pain and fear and anger make you stay.

Then gently, gently, gently,


Reach over to you

Holding the bloody hook between their fingers,

Show you how to lean into the pain:

Unhook yourself,

Start listening again.


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