Poems on Gender

TRANS PEOPLE IN PRISON

First, about prisons 
Tear them to the ground 
Build new buildings 
Start all over  

Never gonna happen 
Of course not 
This is capitalism 
There’s money to be made 
Power to be held onto 

But let it be said 
Before we start talking about band-aids 
This is the swamp we live in 
The pit we have to dig ourselves out of 

So… 
Where should trans people be put 
If they’ve broken the law 
And they end up in prison 
Prisons are binary – humans are not  
There is no correct answer, only the least bad 
It’s all about statistics – who is most vulnerable 
Who is most likely to come to harm 

This is a practical question 
The guiding principle is love 
Revolution is love, armed 
Love, given power 
Love, unleashed 
But love is fighting in a world of ignorance and hate  
Who is most likely to get raped? 

You see how twisted the whole thing is 
The answer should be nobody 
Anywhere  
Prison should be safer than the street 
And gender should be a festival 
A rainbow 
Even in prison 
Especially there 

Imagine you’re visiting another planet 
They’re showing you around 
Showing off their world 
You come to the last exhibit 
The thing they’re most proud of 
They show you a prison 
What? 

This is how we judge other worlds, they say 
The strong, the intelligent and brave
The loving and kind
We live in an almost paradise 
We make the world and the world makes us 
But the weak, the damaged, the dangerous 
We make them too 
If they’re not safe 
If they need to be locked away 
That’s not a judgement on them
It’s a judgement on us 
We haven’t loved them enough 

Show us your prisons 
And we will tell you 
What kind of world you live in 

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