Saturday, June 29, 2019

Silenced Turned Dreadnought and Screamed

“I see a world that is terrified of me. Terrified of someone who would reject manhood. Terrified of a girl who knows who she is and what she’s capable of. They are small, and they are weak, and they will not hurt me ever again.” ~ Dreadnought, by April Daniels

A
boy’s mouth
told the world,
“I’m a girl, see
me.”

the world is too daft,
too deaf to the truth of souls
not wanted (by some)

A
self-knowing girl
tells the world
I’ll never be silenced
again.


for Therisa and Rie’s son and Tol and Valientes and Jaz and Octubre and Dee and Kiara… and every soul who had to claim the Dreadnought mantel in order to show their Self to the rest of the world


the wee notes…

- in her summer reading challenge, Khaya invited us to read a book from a favorite genre by an author we’ve never heard of. I chose April Daniels’s Dreadnought, a YA novel about Danny Tozer, a transgender girl who “inherited the powers of Dreadnought, the world’s greatest superhero.” This poem was inspired by my feelings about the story

- crafted for Debra’s Translesbigayapalooza 2019 (a one-person *cough*, month-long blogfest that celebrates all things LGBTQ+), Blogging Around with Rommy #23 (Saved by Found Words), and Poets United (Poetry Pantry #485)


detail from the cover of Dreadnought (Nemesis, #1), by April Daniels

21 comments:

  1. Bravo! And never should they be silenced. Pride is a wonderful thing!

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  2. Awesome, Magaly. Thank heaven for the courage and inspiration of self-knowing girls.

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  3. I welcome your participation in Translesbigayapalooza! Thanks, Magaly!

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  4. Wowww!!💞 The emotions here are so raw and palpable, Magaly. I could feel every word!😊

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  5. Sounds like a terrific book. (I love YA.) I'll look for it.
    The world may be confused, but your poem is full of clarity – like the heroine it celebrates, obviously.

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  6. Here, there were upwards of 200,000 people attending the Pride Parade last weekend. There are a lot of proud people here!

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  7. It sounds like the girl has found her voice.

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  8. We like to put people into little categories, don't we? It suits our purposes (whatever they may be), but it's not so suitable for the person we categorize.

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  9. This sounds like it needs to go on my reading list. No one else has the right to shape the words coming out of her mouth.

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  10. It is a new generation of courage. I think the world's option to turn a deaf ear is fast running out thanks to these incredibly brave young people. I love this. This is such powerful verse. Thank you!

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  11. Those first and last stanzas echo that heroic pose so perfectly and the poem brings up cheers.

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  12. I would love for anyone to be able to be truly themselves... are you ever truly just man or a woman... I feel that there is a little bit of both in each of us.

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  13. Wonderful! There cannot be contemplative introspection without self-knowledge. Good things come, when people pause and reflect on how they want to BE in this world. Pride is a glorious feeling.

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  14. It is nature's way of providing a solution to over population. Sadly so many people are blind to difficuties ahead for the planet with our destructive behaviour and upsetting nature's balance. Sadly humans are blind to the solutions of this planet's survival.

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  15. Voice of power also voice of sensibility... just need people to listen instead of be afraid or judge ❤️

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  16. Some powerful words flowing here. I am listening, may the world start listening.

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  17. Thank you, Magaly, with honouring me, in your shout-out. Never had anyone done this, to me, before.

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  18. Powerful and beautiful! Big Hugs!

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  19. How I missed this post is a mystery. I blame my gallivanting ways this summer, even though I make an effort to check that I’m not missing something important. It seems I still do.

    Love your poem, and true the world is too daft… indeed. The braveness in that quote should inspire us all to rise above all that is spewed by small and weak minds. The book sounds really interesting, and superheroes come in all forms. Thank you Maga for sharing your wise and fascinating reads.

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If you write it with heart, I shall read it with soul.