#Writephoto – I Am Not Dad

Inspired by and written for #Writephoto – thank you, KL, I think

Well, KL, you are opening a can of worms today and as I am not ashamed of who I am, in fact, I am dead proud to be the man I am as I have been through hell to get here. I am an even more proud seahorse (as trans men birth parents are known) to my sons, and yes, that means I am proud to be the mother of two fantastic young men. So here goes

Seahorse – Image by KL Caley

I Am Not Dad
Form: Free Verse

Before my journey to me
I carried you sweet child
taking morning sickness in my stride
burying deep what had to be denied
briefly wishing I could be dad
but as it happens I’m proud to be your mum
and have been since that moment
the first time I held you in my arms
as you grew I grew prouder still
can pride really be six foot four
well, it is so it has to be
and to that day I told you about me
told you I will always be your mum
that will never change
you didn’t care
not one little bit
I knew I’d raised you right
to love who and not what
and in that journey of chaos
a one-way trip to manhood
with voices saying so you’re now their dad
for a male cannot give birth
but like the seahorse
the man I have always been
could and did
and I am proud to be your mum


19 thoughts on “#Writephoto – I Am Not Dad

  1. Oh my gosh, these words are beautiful and breathtaking, Jez. I had never heard of this alternative meaning before but now that I have I find it even more beautiful. Love is love (and a most wondrous thing). Thank you so much for sharing this with us. KL ❤

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        1. My eldest certqainly has the artistic gene and does some awesome art work, especially Manga and Anime. My youngest is me in image except he fell in a cow pat and is therefore 6’4 and I’m 5’6 and he has my Celtic temper and attitude.


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