Her and Roe

Tessa Thompson as “Valkyrie” in the movie “Thor Ragnarok.”
(2019) Photo from IndieWire.

HEROES

splayed in all CAPS vertically

each letter atop the next

on the plastic cup

I got to keep.

Sitting in a joint

that had its walls littered

with militaristic memorabilia

had me wondering

what heroes are.

What is war? And how is it fought?

The narrative American society

regurgitates over and over is that

men fought overseas to protect our right to freedom

but what of women’s freedoms, the freedoms of nonbinary persons; Black folks; Brown folks; queer and transgender folks; folks living with a disability in America?

When are we free? When is our war won?

Free from harassment, prejudice, bias, discrimination;

Free from abuse, assault, manipulation;

Free from harm, suffering, risk, policy, and control.

Our government is plagued with ignorance and greed.

The only thing politicians are aware of is who they need to rape, pillage, and destroy to stay at the top, and to keep their income flowing.

It’s time for our country’s narrative of heroes to be updated because you cannot have heroes without her and “Roe.

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Queer Writer & Poet | Sex and Sensuality | Health and Wellness Interests | Personal Experience | LINKTR.EE/TOLBERTMBB | Instagram @tolbert_on_medium

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Queer Writer & Poet | Sex and Sensuality | Health and Wellness Interests | Personal Experience | LINKTR.EE/TOLBERTMBB | Instagram @tolbert_on_medium