The Right Choice

Form: Free Verse

Do you think it’s been easy – to face the reality
the pain
the uncertainty
the future
what future as there was none
I had fought all the battles with myself
there was nowhere else to go
judging and hating myself
it’s time to be me
it’s time to tear up the labels
they are not what I am
labels of negativity inviting hate
and they are not stapled to me
there’s nothing to prove to anyone
anyone but me
and I am man enough for me
getting up each morning
refusing to give in to the niggles of dysphoria
as I pull on my jeans
like the denim, I rise
from the floor
nothing will take me back
nothing will bring me down again
as I smile to the face in the mirror


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