A Prayer of Cisgender Confession and Commitment
by Tammerie Day
We rise each day into a world that fits
our natures, our understandings, our assumptions.
The clay of our bodies and faces
conform to our spirits:
We are learning it is not so for all of us.
Some of us are born of a wilder imagination.
We are learning new language and new images
for those Spirit is coloring outside our lines:
transgender, intersex, gender-variant.
We confess that we have slumbered
while members of our family are slaughtered.
The headwind of hatred batters
bodies and minds and spirits:
the diverse beauties that continue to arise.
We commit to standing against this headwind of hate,
a bulwark to end the battering.
We commit to seeing the diverse beauty, all around us,
every gendered and gender-free expression, every form of love.
We commit to loving difference, and becoming.
We commit to learning the new language(s)
that enable our beloveds to exist, and thrive.
Love, make us bold, to live our own lives fully and abundantly.
Love, give us passion, to work for everyone’s full abundance.
Love, gather us together, that no one you have created
is not seen
is not allowed to live
is ever lost to the hurricane of hate again.
In 2019, Transgender Day of Remembrance (#TDOR) will be November 20.