House of the Tomato

If a woman wants to be a poet, she must dwell in the house of the tomato. -- Erica Jong

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What to Believe

Jesus, the Tooth Fairy,
Santa Claus and being saved,
I used to believe they were all real.
The Tooth Fairy saving my teeth,
Santa Claus saving presents
Jesus saving my soul.
When I was 6 my older brother told me
None of it was true.
I tried to believe again, the Jesus part,
but saw how love-thy-neighbor
christians treated others and us
in the name of Christ saying
my daughter is perverted, going to hell
along with the rest of us,
as they read Bible verses that sounded like hate.
Another bathroom bill was passed.
Another trans teen hung himself.
Another transgender woman was murdered.
It’s all really hard to believe.

Note: (christian is purposely lower case to make a point)

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