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Liberty is a Statue

from she​/​her​/​they​/​them by Evan Greer

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she said “no, you're not a girl you are a boy.
you'd best start acting like one or i
i’ll tell your mom i'll tell your dad
i'll send you to the principle again
now for the last time tell me what have you learned today?”

“teacher, teacher, i learned that there is only one way
that i can live. and that's the way that they program in the textbooks and the tv screens
hey mom, what did i learn today in school? i learned how to be a boy.
i learned how to be a man.
and i learned that there's an 'us,' there's a 'them'
there are good guys there are bad guys
the bad guys aren't allowed to be your friends.
and i learned all about liberty

it's a statue in a harbor near a city called new york
it's a statue in a harbor near a city called new york
it's a statue in a harbor near a city called new york

and i learned, statues are things that we build
to remind us of things that have died.

but wait, i'm so confused because they told us that sharing was good
but then i look at my own town and the one next door
and i wonder why we don't share some of our mansions
with their four car garages?
and them in their broken-down mills
and the dirty river that runs between us
it's not safe to swim across. they told us so on a field trip
to the other side.


from she​/​her​/​they​/​them, released April 5, 2019




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