Be thankful to be alive
that walking down the street
didn’t kill anyone
remember when bats and pipes
seemed to define hatred
more in your face
more homophobic reaction
That was long before the numbers grew
well ahead of the closets and hidden coves
the saunas and back alley shows.
Remember when we were hoping for a display
some distinguishing attitude
made us stop and realize we were ok.
Seems today we really are
seems wherever we look
we see more signs of being just that,
Seems we are all ok, today.
So, celebrate with us
with you, with them, each other, every one
has a moment to recall
when a day like today
couldn’t exist no matter the patience
fortitude, resilience, honor, confidence …
That today can be like any other
and we can walk the streets
with smiles that are real
rather than tucked behind well-coiffed banners.
is that measure of delight
in recognizing who we are …
who we have become …
human beings that hold compassion
before fear and confusion.
We are one standing before you
much like our world truly is