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these chains

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.

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