Queer Song

I will wear that earring
I will paint my nails.
For you it is a trifling
But I’m breaking out
A thousand jails –

Cages of patriarchy
Bias, gender norms of society,
The institutionalised oppression
Of our challenging beauty.

I will put that Tip*
Between my brows
Carry that crop top
Make sure it shows
Through the sheer jacket –

Through blindfolds of binarism,
Tinted glasses of heteronormativity
Through all the grease of hatred –
I will flame through, colourfully,

And keep, my gravity,
All along
I will spread love to all
Through my beautiful
Queer Song.

*Tip is the Bengali word for Bindi.

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