Going Quietly

I am a lesbian 

That dirty little L word that no one wants to see
 
I am a woman
The thing people want to bow down
 
I am a poet
That thing you want to just shut up and go away
 
But I will not be silenced
My voice will be heard
And it will scream out the injustices of this world
Until they are no more
 
I will stand tall
Shouting that dirty little L word
Pushing up against your oppression 
I will not go away
And I will most certainly not stay quiet 
 
Because going quietly
Is the same as never fighting
Which would make you just as responsible 
And surely I will fight against you too

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