“Rowen,” is what my parents would have named me if I’d been born male-bodied. Instead, I was swaddled in pink, and named, “Kayleigh.”
I have no issue with the name, “Kayleigh,” in itself. I like that it reaches back to women in my family; my mom is named “Leigh” and I have a great aunt, Kay. But, I’m non-binary.
It’s hard enough to convey myself to others without overt femininity in what they call me. …
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seeing your face in a different light
and the world’s on fire —
it’s electrifying — oooh —
The lady of the moon —
standing across the water illuminates —
and tonight — she speaks to me —
Can’t you see?
The sun goes down and the stars come out.
We realize how small we are.
Firelight — can’t we just stay here — for a little while there’s…
Time is one of those things that must be dealt with in every moment but is deemed impractical to speak about. When people do deem time worthy to speak of, they often find that their neighbor, who has agreed with them about what time it is for years, thinks that time is a fundamentally different thing than they do.
Some people think of time as a fourth dimension that people move through as they do space (but, lacking agency). In this model, the entirity of the past and the future always exist. This may have been what Henry…
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This song was originally written about the holocaust. I wanted to say that because I’m guessing that people might relate the meaning to fascism as it currently is in the United States.
In the most general sense, this song is about dehumanization. It is about blaming a group of people for both the social and economic problems in a society. It is about othering them in order to achieve the former two. “Black and White,” refers to binary thinking. “Red,” refers to violence.
It might be a little weird to interpret this song because the perspective shifts…
I love Nietzche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra. It’s the best over-the-top biblical parody bemoaning any overarching morality that I’ve ever read —
But, let’s get to the point. The notion of individual virtue is one of the most prominent themes in the book. He advocates for virtues that are unique to each person, and grounded in the body. He says, “My brother, when thou hast a virtue, and it is thine own virtue, thou hast it in common with no one.”
This quote extrapolates on the matter: “I love him who maketh his virtue his inclination and destiny: thus, for the…
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Hey beautiful, looking in your eyes I see
Stormy skies, with golden shining underneath
Don’t let me go — stay here, oh
Hey beautiful eyes
Hey beautiful, I heard you’re weary of this earth
Lightning shattered —
Your love, your hope, your sense of home
I can’t say a word — you haven’t heard before
Hey beautiful soul
I — can’t tell you what I see Sit here in the…
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They say that time is something to run through,
and yet, while running, I never move -
I am “here”, always, and in here, going -
Where do I go to? “The future!” screams
common sentiment. But, how can I go
somewhere that isn’t in-place, yet?
How can “going” be given without
“gone-to” or “gone-from”? I sit
here and say there is only here
but still, I move through
the hourglass as
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