1.

You don't exist. He used to say it
to my face: You don't exist.

2.

You're what? What's that?
Oh.
Can I watch sometime?

Yeah, I've heard that's trendy right
now. You're just trying to be cool. You're just trying to be
politically correct.

You're a fence
sitter. We're all waiting
for you to come out
come down. We're all waiting
for you.

Which one are you more, really? Who makes you come
the most?

You just take it
wherever you can get it, don't you?

We're here to talk today about everybodyexceptyou. We're
working for the rights of everybodyexceptyou. The oppression of
everybodyexceptyou has got to end.

Don't worry, you'll grow out of it.

But you're one of us. You can't be one of us and
one of those, too.

I could never sleep with you.
I could never sleep with one of you.
I might get dumped might get thrown over for one of them might
get AIDS might die might lose all
of my friends.

Oh, so is that why you always
have such a hard time coming?

Yeah, I know that some people feel that way, but
why do you always have to
talk about it so much?

You can't ever be monogamous/get married/have kids/
have a stable relationship, can you?

You're just oversexed
horny desperate confused. Why, you'd sleep wtih anyone,
wouldn't you?

Is this your way of telling me
that you want to go to bed with me?

I went through that phase too. It lasted 2
minutes 2 months 6 months 2 years 10 years, but I
saw the light
eventually.

I feel that way too, but that doesn't make
me
one of you.

3.

WE KNOW THAT IT IS VERY DIFFICULT. WE KNOW EXACTLY HOW YOU FEEL.
WE CAN HELP YOU. JUST STEP OVER HERE TO THIS
NICE LITTLE BOX WE HAVE FOR YOU. THAT'S IT, STEP INSIDE. COZY,
ISN'T IT? THERE NOW, WE'LL JUST PUT ON THIS LID NICE
AND TIGHT. IF YOU BREATHE REAL
SHALLOWLY, THERE SHOULD BE JUST ENOUGH AIR
TO LIVE ON.

NOW, DOESN'T THAT FEEL BETTER?

4.

and there is always that morning
fourteen in Foster City,
I woke up from what was not a dream
in which the two of you had taught me the meaning of a
new word.

epilogue1

"WE NEED TO HAVE THIS MEETING
AT THIS TREE
AIN' EVEN BEEN
PLANTED
YET"

- Susan Carlton -


1. From June Jordan, "Calling All Silent Minorities"

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