We present this work in honor of the South African holiday, Human Rights Day.
I have known silences
long and deep as death
when the mind questioned the logic
of my frailty
in the imminence of my destruction
by men ruled and ravaged by powerlust
I have known deep silences
when thoughts like angry waves
beat against the shores of my mind
revealing the scars of brutal memories
and the murder of my manhood
I cannot hate
try as I want to
I cannot hate… why?