HappyPride 🏳️‍🌈

I’ve always been different

It runs through my

Veins like water through

A gorge I’ve always

Known that ever since

I was a child

So being gay seemed

Normal part and parcel

But to so many

Others being gay was

So unusual that they

Hid their uniqueness shied

Away from the others

Until June Pride Month

When the rainbow colors

Fly far and wide

For all the world

To see celebrating not

Just being LGBTQ+ but

Also everyone’s vibrant uniqueness

TakingNotice

As I have gotten older

I’ve become more aware

Of the little things

Having been bombarded by

The grand things of

Life I have sought

Refuge in the quiet

Things raindrops on eaves

The scratching of fall

Leaves and ant hills

That seem to erupt

Overnight through sidewalk cracks

The slower things like

Inch by delicate inch

Of freshly fallen snow

That crawls against windows

And plump caterpillars that

Wind and weave munching

Polka dots in green

On their way to

Emerging butterfly and oh

Yes love as called

Accepting it rather than

Seeking it there’s comfort

In the little slow

Things that simply show

Up for no other

Reason than being themselves

And I taking notice