This is a poem aiming to acknowledge and respect the LGBTQIA+
community in our world. Over the past few years, this community
has gained a lot of respect but not enough. It’s been 2 million
years since humans were first discovered; it’s time we become
inclusive of the varied colours of the human spectrum
and start loving them for who they are.
in the back of my backyard,
there’s a bench.
it’s painted in
rosebud red and inflamed orange,
sun-kissed yellow and resplendent green,
rippled blue and grapevine violet
and all the colours of the spectrum in between.
there’s a tree that provides the bench with some shade;
baby pink and light blue leaves grow on it.
it was planted 2 million years ago
but it hasn’t been given the freedom to flourish.
there aren’t a lot of people who come to rest
in my backyard
because they’re scared the world still looks
through a black and white lens,
afraid that if the world catches sight
of the colourful bench that they sit on,
they’ll paint it in shades
of black and white
and the colourful backyard
will lose its colour
and there’ll be no
coloured bench left
to rest on