Blue Boy’s Encounter

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Poetics: On Pride  (posted by Anmol)
I invite you to take inspiration from the poets and poems shared here. You can write a poem about pride, gender fluidity, sexuality, protest, et al. or you can just pick a line from one of these verses and build your poem around it (duly quoting the poet and the poem).  To make it even more open, you can also write about the continuing fight for equality and the realisation of the aspirations of the marginalised communities.”

Blue boy steps out
of a painting. Encounters
a brilliant man
behind bars. Blue boy
asks why. Met with
a laugh from a poet
who had the effrontery
to be openly homosexual–
against the law
in his time. Blue boy
says, will they imprison
me for being blue? That is
how I was painted. The poet
looks at Blue boy and says,
“Be yourself; everyone else
is already taken. We are all
in the gutter, but some of us
are looking at the stars.”

(Quotes by Oscar Wilde)

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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8 Responses to Blue Boy’s Encounter

  1. Beverly Crawford says:

    What an interesting “take” on the Pride topic. I love the quote!


  2. Mish says:

    Oh you made me pause with “That is how I was painted”.


  3. sanaarizvi says:

    “will they imprison me for being blue? That is how I was painted.” This is so achingly beautiful! 💝


  4. Lona Gynt says:

    The fluid breaking of prisons and boundaries, every piece of art steps out to us. Nice ekphrastic too. Sad how he gets free of his painting and immediately needs to worry about being arrested. sigh.


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