What makes a girl or boy? Is it clothes or hair or a toy? Is it pink, is it blue That defines girl or boy to you? If a boy wears a crown and a dress, Is he a prince or princess? If a girl takes up a sword to fight, Is she a damsel or knight? Who drew the line in the sand To decree on which side we should stand? What king, what ruler, what czar Determined who we can say we are? What makes a girl or boy? Neither clothes, nor hair, nor a toy. Not pink, child, nor blue – What defines who you are is you.
This is the first poem I’ve (deliberately) written in about a decade and, good or bad, I owe my inspiration to Simoa for encouraging me to try my hand at poetry again.