"From Exodus 2" a Poem by Thomas Young

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WUSSY is proud to present a poem by North Carolina queer, Thomas Young.
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From Exodus 2

There
went a man
bare
and fair

Hide
of reed
and slime
pitch
along his
back

I stood
far off
to watch
him

He came down
to wash
in the
river
So I
walked by
the river’s side

Shall I call out
to him
in deep passion

or shall
I go?

But the sight
of me
deliberating
amongst the bulrushes
drew him out
of the water

As he came forth
I saw
he was grown

 

As he
looked
round about
I hid in the sand

“where are you?”

My heart
swelled and
in answer
urged me out
of my place
in the cattail

 

We sat
down by a well

That night
he drew
filled
watered me

He asks
“how are you”

I am
delivered

          for I have been a stranger
                  in a strange land

          who in time
          came to
                  remember

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Thomas Young is an artist and student in North Carolina. His work has previously appeared in American Chordata