Equality

One shouldn’t hide
or stay quiet
when the first Pride
was a riot!
To sing! Rejoice!
Lift up your voice
and chance a dance!

The joy to be,
not a tall ask!
To live freely,
why’s it a task
for so many
when love’s plenty
is there to share!?

Words and images © Stephen W. Buchanan 2021

Originally published advertising free at “If You Haven’t Got A Sonnet

Pre-pandemic the local Pride-Fest would be the first week-end in June. It was canceled last year and is scheduled for October (LGBTQ+ History Month) this year, provided it can happen. The picture is from the 2019 Festival.

She Must Be Mad

It’s about her
the young woman
who caused a stir
by getting in.
She thought there’d be
equality.
Poor soul. How drôle. 

(C) Stephen W. Buchanan 2018

Ha’sonnet title inspired by the 31 August daily prompt at the Brave & Reckless blog and based on the title of a seminal feminist book ‘she must be mad’ by Charly Cox.

Added title to a ha’sonnet I had written last year because the prompt immediately jumped out as a better fit than the title options I’d come up with.