I remember the day
when someone first told me
what I felt in my heart should be gone.
I remember the embarrassment,
the grief and the wondering
as I questioned why I was so wrong.
I wonder if they know
what they stole from me
How they robbed me
of the joy of my youth.
They forced me to wander
in a dark place
full of pain
that could not be soothed.
I finally found my way back to life
as I learned what it means to be gay.
Whenever I feel those chains on my soul,
I break them and throw them away.