I would have worn
the triangle on my shoulder
I would have dug my own grave
kneeling before it, waiting
for the sound of a gun
if I had been lucky
if not there would always
be the doctors, those traitors
to their profession.
I can walk the streets today
wearing all the colours
not with pride, but with
a show of solidarity to
all my siblings, still losing
the battle to the cruelty of
this modern world.
© Matthias Geh, 16th June 2018
In Nazi Germany, pink triangles (German: Rosa Winkel)
were used as one of the Nazi concentration camp badges,
used to identify male prisoners who were sent there because
of their homosexuality. Every prisoner had to wear a
downward-pointing triangle on their jacket, the colour of which
was to categorise them by "kind". Other colors identified
Jewish people (two triangles superimposed as a yellow star),
political prisoners, Jehovah's Witnesses, "anti-social" prisoners,
and others the Nazis deemed undesirable. Pink and yellow triangles
could be combined if a prisoner was deemed to be gay and Jewish.
Originally intended as a badge of shame, the pink triangle
(often inverted from its Nazi usage) has been reclaimed as an
international symbol of gay pride and the gay rights movement,
and is second in popularity only to the rainbow flag.