Poetry by Madeline Reeves
I Approve This Message: Gov. Rick Perry ‘Strong’
to: my partner, who is ignoring me on a Tuesday.
this is everything I’m too scared to tell you.
I don’t want to be the reverse of your ex-girlfriend.
I want to be my own person.
I’m currently being bullied in one of my other classes
they’re calling me names like faggot, bitch, and shemale.
and, yeah, you're right, I shouldn’t use the actual slurs in the poem
and it’s not fair
that I’m not one of those cute transgirls on tumblr.
the kind that boys send to each other
to trick them into thinking that they’re gay.
I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm a Christian,
if you like someone who is trans, it doesn’t make you gay
or straight or anything, you’re just a human.
but you don't need to be in the pew every Sunday
to know there's something wrong in this country
they all use my dead name too, so fuck them all.
when gays can serve openly in the military
but our kids can't openly celebrate Christmas
in an ‘anonymous ask’ someone told me I’m too ugly
to be either gender, and I’ll never forget it
or pray in school.
As President, I'll end Obama's war on religion.
one day I’ll find the anonymous, and point at them
so hard and with such force that quantumly, something messes up.
I’m jabbing at them over and over and my finger is at light speed.
And I'll fight against liberal attacks on our religious heritage.
I’m alive and it hurts and I love it
fuck all of my followers and schoolmates
I’m going to get the weird bodymods
to fuck up my parents' relationship for good.
I’m going to peel back parts of my skin to show everyone
that we’re just one gender.
Faith made America strong. It can make her strong again.
None of them use my real name
not one. It’s only been said in the mirror
I'm Rick Perry.
One day, I’ll be the first trans woman in space.
I’ll hunt out the queer stars and throw them at earth and scream,
fail all my SATs, over and over until my mid-nineties.
this is a draft, I’m going to ctrl-a and delete it and cry
and I approve this message.
Note: All indented lines are direct quotations from Rick Perry's campaign ‘Strong’ - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAJNntoRgA