There’d be dancing in the streets, I’d thought, the day they found the cure.
Our world would be better when we were all connected, or so I’d thought for sure.
Did you ever spend your life fighting for something and then wake up one day to a headline announcing that it went your way or that we were all going to be okay?
The change you wanted to see, the change you wanted to be in the world had arrived under the cover of darkness without any warning and the moment you waited your entire life for meant nothing to anybody, not even to you at this point.
And so we buttered our toast and folded the paper up on the table for later as though we would ever have the time to sit down and read the rest of it before tomorrows edition arrived.
The damage was done and not a damn thing in this world would ever wipe all of our cheeks dry but I’m going to be late for work if I sit here and dwell on this any more than I already have.
Neither our victory nor our defeat were even worth a like or a retweet, it’s just that we all woke up one day and queers didn’t matter to anybody or even to each other anymore.
Young men and women: “You’ve got to go to the city,” they’d said.
“The world isn’t as stupid as where you are from.”
I’ve been to the city, it turns out they are also quite dumb.
And the only people left alive are what you and I have become.