Individual by Rassiel Pichardo

Individual

by Rassiel Pichardo

 

I remember growing up as a child

Small, curious and filled with joy

Acting no different from others– I always smiled

But inside, I knew I liked another boy

 

He asked me of my favorite animal

I stopped and thought, responding with “bunny rabbit”

As he stared at me I thought we were compatible

Until he pointed and laughed, calling me a “faggot”

 

Confused; hurt– I knew I was different

Becoming more of an outcast, I couldn’t fit in

But I no longer blame myself, I know he was ignorant

Learning from this experience, I am stronger now than I have ever been