On coming out, again and again
Sexuality: a prevailing headline,
we: the media outlet,
until circumstance unspools
Newly-acquainted receivers become
their own potential channel distributor:
Privacy snatched, twisted
around society’s spindle fingers,
we: shouldered bluntly aside:
Gossip-mouths: wind-up toys
code-locked staffroom doors,
feet in stampede hallways:
I knew it! No way!
I had my suspicions! I can’t believe I didn’t see it!
Isn’t this the drama,
the attention we seek?
If so, why do we slip back,
on each telling,
into the recesses of our blood-rushed bodies?
The snare drum beat of our fist-shaped hearts:
Pumping pumping pumping
David Hanlon @DavidHanlon13 is from Cardiff, Wales, and currently living in Bristol, England. He has recently qualified as a counsellor. You can find his work online at Riggwelter Press, Dirty Paws Poetry Review, Into The Void, Boston Accent Lit, Yes, Poetry, Barren Magazine & Royal Rose Magazine, among others.