The Erotes: Hermaphroditus

Form: Ivorian Sonnet 25

Hermaphroditus – the god of intersex, hermaphrodites and effeminate men

There is more between the blue and the pink
‘Ambiguous’ as was written in ink
A word that says the binary is wrong
Not male, not female, still the baby cries
Will ‘it’ die, and where does ‘this thing’ belong
There, at birth, the blame is laid at the child
The decision made the babe will live their way
Internal feelings dismissed as too wild
‘Hush your mouth, people will think you are gay’
So what if they do sing their own love-song
There is no wrong way to know love or think
When gender rules are just society’s lies
The flight to freedom can never be mild
For this truth of self is the only way

©JG Farmer 2019

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