#485 (roundabout)

We can marry now,

let’s live happily ever

after. Unless they

deem our unions

unworthy again and

sew patches onto our

sleeves or simply beat

us to death or throw

us from tall buildings.

Human imagination

mostly seems to blossom

in the face of violence,

while compassion is a

strange fruit to the

loudmouths, spreading

toxic waste through the

ether of shared human

knowledge and ignorance.

Let’s still get married and

kiss on the streets, not to

spite them, but to feel

alive, enduring the stares

and the whispers and sudden

silences, let’s hold hands and

hug fiercely, refusing the false

dichotomies, throwing a wrench

into the assembly line of

stereotypes and prejudice,

that hate-machine, fueled

by delusions and anger.

We do carry our fears

around our necks, like

heavy necklaces, a constant

reminder of a time, where

we always had to be wary,

duck for cover or look the

other way. These times might

have passed, but the river of

history is a roundabout and

our boats are still leaking.


© Matthias Grupe, 8th August 2018

Picture: Jacob Sapp via unsplash



  1. Ah, show them how it’s done! Kiss in the streets! People stare for so many reasons? Many are looking for answers and what feels right for their character? I enjoy the insights your mind feeds your readers. Your poetry.. Great stuff, good visuals Always!

      1. I did/do understand that your poem was about so much more than what I commented. ☺️ You are one of my favorite modern day poets. Talent and unique. True to YOUR own words.

      2. Wow, now that is adding some pressure.
        Thank you for that, it’s a huge compliment, so I’m taking it and continue on this path. Because here my words is all I am, and all I have. And if I would betray them I’d betray myself and ultimately you, my reader.

        Thank you for your immense support!

  2. It is scary, isn’t it? All progress can be upturned by a single bad day at the election polls. We are learning that now with Trump. Your poem really captures that, the sense of unease, and the uncertainty of history.

    It’s not just LBGT rights, it’s all progress.


    1. You are absolutely right. I just got married so this one is a little more personal to me, hence the perspective. But as it is, my right to get married to my husband might be revoked, unless they change our constitution, so I’m starting to enjoy my marriage as long as it is going to last (and wish for some good decades).

  3. Matthias, may I please offer advice? Compliments and praise can have a negative effect on us by distracting us from what is really important — expressing ourselves, our views, and having fun, I think. Fun like children have.

    When they distract us, we write for them, for the compliments, the praise. And that leads to poor craftsmanship and even writer’s block.

    If such happens to you, I have found the trick is to take a short break, then return to doing it mostly or all for fun again.

    1. Thank you Paul, my recipe against writer’s block is to keep writing. Once I took up the routine of writing every day I haven’t faced that phenomenon again.

      It is easier writing poetry though, especially if your mental walls are that permeable like mine.

      Concerning critique and praise: I take it, but don’t try to read anything into it. If it’s praise I can certainly appreciate it, but that doesn’t change what I want to write about. And if a poem “performs” rather poorly compared to others I do not take that to heart.

      Constructive criticism and annotations like you give them I really appreciate because they show me that you as a reader have taking a particular interest and became invested. That’s what sparks interaction and I enjoy that very much.

      1. Sounds to me like you’re wise beyond your years, as they say.

        I know that I myself appreciate thoughtful and thought-provoking feedback, so I try to offer it as well as receive it.

      2. Just read that post about wisdom in your café and now I doubt that I’m wise. I know some stuff and got a pretty decent intuition I guess, so I try to learn selectively (spending the least amount of time on the things that I feel hinder me) Extremely helpful skill in my work formation, we have to deal with pretty dull stuff, documentation and stuff, so I like to apply the minimum principle to have enough capacities to learn other useful stuff (Psychology e.g., way to underrepresented in the formation of teachers/educators)

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