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Momma said "stop being gay,"
As night, to morning, faded;
Its beauty was not made to stay,
But hoary grew, and jaded.
I watched as day, with fractured light,
My every fear, rekindled,
And passion fell away to plight,
And hope but further dwindled.

Momma said "stop being gay,"
With hatred, and distress:
My tender love where sin held sway...
"Impure, and meaningless."
Within my heart and soul, I lived,
For all else had bereft me,
And nothing more could be perceived
Than how her words had left me.

Momma said "stop being gay."
For years, I never fought her,
But silently, and hopeless, lay,
The Lord's forgotten daughter.
I've sacrificed a waking dream:
My truest love, to merit
A heaven, and, in death, to seem
Not evil, but imperfect.

-Sophie J
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EDIT: Those three dashes may have been good at first, since they added to the mood, but I feel as if I ought to say something now. For all those wonderful people giving me their condolences and sympathy... don't worry about me, this is not based on my life. I am so lucky for my mom.

This poem isn't an example of "write what you know," but instead, "give a voice to those who can't speak."

To finish off, really, THANK YOU to everyone who favourited this piece, and felt as if they could connect to it. Whether you're someone who can only empathize, the fact that you do empathize shows that there's hope, or if you're someone who can personally relate to this... well, all that I can say is, look around you. Everyone who favourited/commented on this supports you, and is there for you.
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rosenthia Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank You Sometimes People Need A Voice :heart:
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0L50NJ4 Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
wow.
And yes, I totally agree with your "give a voice to those that can't speak"
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(You're speaking for me. :-) )
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kennanothenna Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Student Writer
wow....this is SO good...
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! and thank you so much for the watch :D
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shazan22 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:O wow, thats so deep i can't see the bottom. well written
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, thanks!
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shazan22 Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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ElyssaJM Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2012  Student Digital Artist
It is so sad that parents refuse to accept their children for who they are. My sister is gay, and my mother accepted that information without question, i just wish all moms were like that. Beautiful poem!
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DalailamaNYF Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2013  Student
If you're not religious and doesn't believe in the afterlife, then yea, be who you are. Light or Dark of the heart, might as well enjoy it as much as possible. Other than that, most religions don't tolerate gays and is seen sinful in Gods eyes. 
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I wish that too.
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pinkbluebibliofreak Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
love it :heart: i felt every word, of course in my case its not just mom but dad too. he's always like "son, stop being gay" :stare:
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, I can kinda imagine that face being there at every moment of the day, peeking in randomly, and that would just be more creepy than anything. But, um, yeah, I'm sorry to hear that, and I glad that you liked it :hug:
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pinkbluebibliofreak Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
its k
you kinda learn to cope with having homophobes for parents (i say it with no disrespect)
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captianjakmoose Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Student Writer
I am a parent of 2, and if either or both of them is homosexual, pansexual, transgender, or otherwise it won't bother me in the slightest, i love my kids, no matter what.
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, that's so encouraging to hear! May there be more people like you in the future :heart:
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CrazyKillerFangril Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
I love this so much! Love has no bounds
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XxXDeadlyxShadowsXxX Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE HAS NO GENDER
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Ask-Female-Bonnie Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
((I made a poem from this comment :3))
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XxXDeadlyxShadowsXxX Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thats great. Glad i helped.
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Ask-Female-Bonnie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(( :D ))
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XxXDeadlyxShadowsXxX Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
:)
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Ask-Female-Bonnie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
((Have you seen it?))
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XxXDeadlyxShadowsXxX Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
yes i did and i love it. Feelings 
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Ask-Female-Bonnie Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
((Thank you :')))
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:heart:
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XxXDeadlyxShadowsXxX Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
^-^
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2112yyz2112 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012
Noble poem, eloquent flow! BRAVO!!!
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
THANK YOu!! <3
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lintu47 Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello, you have been featured in my weekly dA love for everyone! article.
Have a nice day :huggle:
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, you too :3
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OMGLikeRawrness Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
wow i almost cried reading this....absolutely beautiful! unfortunately i know exactly how that feels :'(
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, I'm sorry to hear that. And thank you for the compliment... I hope things get better (if they haven't already... *fingers crossed*)
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OMGLikeRawrness Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
yw hun ^-^
i hav a few more months and then i wont hav to deal with it anymore :)
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AdrianosArt Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Oh the horrific reality this portrays around the world...! My favorite line is "My tender love where sin held sway... 'Impure, and meaningless.' " simply because that is what people are doing when they say that gay love is wrong. They are degrading other human beings by saying that their love is lesser, and that heterosexual love is placed on this sacred pedestal. It's so asinine! Love is perfect, no matter who it is between.
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm glad that you agree! Love is perfect... one day, everyone will see that :heart:
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AdrianosArt Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Indeed they shall!
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SnicketyLemon Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so beautiful! Thank you for giving a voice to people in my community. Luckily, my mother is very accepting of me, but I know some people who's mothers are like this. Thank you for writing this amazing piece!
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for your comment! It means a lot to me :heart:
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SnicketyLemon Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
You're very welcome! :huggle: It was an amazing poem!
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AtemswildRose Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student General Artist
Thats beautiful, my dads that way, so I can connect with this
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm sorry to hear that, but I'm glad you like it
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AtemswildRose Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Student General Artist
it made my day :)
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DingDong-Writer Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Student Writer
This absolutely beautiful <3 It makes me happy knowing that there are others out there that care about those who don't have the voice to speak up.
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! :heart:
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Uyrem Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow. Just... Wow.

You're writing is so amazing and.. I really don't know what to say, either than it's so beautiful...

Amazing poem Sophie<3
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks, Emy. That means a lot :dummy:
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bludragon77 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2012
This is really pretty. You have some real talent with poetry.
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Aw, thank you so much!
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This is so lovely. Never stop being who you are.
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SmittenFirefly Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you! I won't :3
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