Self Portrait As The Cosmos

Milo Gallagher (Sheldon, SC)

You misgender me
and I take my earrings off
feeling like a fish
mistaken for a deer

Shame seeps in like oil
I am far away already
I am signs of life
in another galaxy
I am the cold planet
where there is water
My rings are wide and reaching
I am undiscovered still

When I was a girl on earth
my heart was a black hole:
everything disappeared
inside me

Did you know
even a dog
can go to the moon
The moon is my mother
The moon always knows

My friends and I are constellations
keeping watch
blinking on and off
like lights in the room
where you hate me

Each queer kiss becomes a stitch
in the sky’s dark fabric
We can’t see you from up here
You look through your telescope
but it’s fuzzy

Did you know
one day my hands will be larger
and there will be even more
for me to hold
Did you know

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