“I Took a Nap On the Floor Today”
By Andie Simpson
I don’t ever write about being Queer.
If I scoured the pages for a
minimum wages worth of words
fit enough at all ages,
to describe the sensations,
prescribe names and rages,
guess it’s of times and places,
You can oils literally come out
blanketed in blank pages. The first time I felt at peace
with being Queer, I was dancing to
“Born This Way”, dressed as Buddy Holly
on a Halloween night in the Castro
surrounded by perfect-
and I mean “perfect” strangers.
Pushed back repeatedly awestruck,
bushwhacked, defeated my star struck.
Let’s ask ourselves:
“Andy, how are we nowadays”?
And I’ll reply,
“Is that ‘Andie’ with and ‘IE’ or a ‘Y’, because ‘nowadays’,
and ‘How are we’, tend to rely heavily on the answer to that question”.
I never write about being Queer,
so here, forever-now,
I’ll tout and drawl, slowly I’ll crawl
through the words and the rest,
reach into the crevice created
deep in my chest
by years of destructive nouns and caustic verbs.
I will always fight to and for being Queer.
So the answer to your question:
in a hope that it’s suggestion
makes a moat surrounding my
astounding gender queer addendum.
Pushed back full stacks
of another open season to the forest
Of fodder for my own damn
panic attacks b
“How are we doing nowadays, Andie”? I ask.
“Me”? I reply.
“I’m writing about being Queer”.