Homo: Judge Me Now

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Homo: Judge Me Now

I wrote this poem for a poetry competition at another college’s literary fest and it won second place. It was based on a word prompt, and the word was ‘Phobia’. Criticism is welcomed.

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3 thoughts on “Homo: Judge Me Now

  1. I assume a female narrator with a male lover until second stanza: the narrator has stubble and the lover is a “he,” which suddenly triggers a little alarm bell in the back of my head. Then the ending asks me why there was an alarm bell at all.

    I like it.

    • Yeah, a lot of my friends have the same ‘oh’ reaction for a split-second when the idea of someone they know being gay comes up. I kept wondering why it’s considered ‘weird’ or ‘out of the common way’. Democracy isn’t the best system. Add to that the recent verdict upholding Section 377 of the Indian Constitution by the Supreme Court, wherein gay sex is cast as ‘sex against the order of nature’ and criminalised, and I kind of kept obsessing about homophobia in our society.
      You recognised the alarm bell in your own head. Most deny it.
      I’m glad you liked it 🙂

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