Do you remember
baking Christmas cookies with your mom
painting faces on the little gingerbread children
with sugary white icing?
waking up early on Saturday morning
turning on the TV to your favorite cartoons
and eating Cap’n Crunch?
crying yourself to sleep at night
worrying that your same-sex attractions
will make you an outcast?
the look on your ex-boyfriend’s face
when you fed him the line
It’s not you, it’s me?
the day you realized
that even though times were tough
things were gonna get better?