Wednesday, July 28

Breaking the Silence: Pride is Finally Here (Poem)

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This piece appears in the “Breaking the Silence: Queer Self, Life, and Love in Northeast Ohio” anthology. “Breaking the Silence” is a part of Literary Cleveland’s Amplify Projects series, designed to empower, uplift, and celebrate our many stories and place power into the hands of people and communities, giving them the platform to tell their own stories on their own terms.

by Halle Preneta

A sea of rainbow all around.
My smile growing and growing
with each passing sound.
Pride is finally here.

A line of cars covered in rainbow
slowly move down the street.
A world I love and know.
Pride is finally here.

We can’t be together physically
but feelings are the same;
immense joy and connectivity.
Pride is finally here.

Others start lining the streets.
There’s people here who support us!
Everyone moving to the musical beat.
Pride is finally here.

My community, all here together.
Connected in a time of uncertainty.
I’ll love and defend them forever.
Pride is finally here.

Halle (she/her) is a bisexual teen writer who enjoys writing short romance, sci-fi, and horror stories along with poetry and gets her ideas from random life experiences and fan fiction. When she’s not writing, she’s either watching YouTube or playing Animal Crossing. Her Twitter handle is @YaTheatreNerd and you can check out more of her work here: https://medium.com/@halleee

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Breaking the Silence

"Breaking the Silence: Queer Self, Life, and Love in Northeast Ohio" is a writing project of Literary Cleveland, led by Alexander Saint Franqui. After a tragic year for our community, Breaking the Silence seeks to uplift narratives that center on the queer experience in the Greater Cleveland area, especially those written by Black/Indigenous/People of Color. The project accepted poetry, prose, essays, creative non-fiction, and flash fiction written by queer/LGBTQ2 identified people.

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