January 22, 2020KR OnlinePoetry

Interrogation of the Sodomite

In 1901, México City police detained forty-one gay men at a dance. Many were subjected to slave labor. Since then, in México the number forty-one has been used in jokes & derogatory remarks against homosexuality.

There are currently six countries where the death penalty is used for people in same-sex relationships: Iran, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, & Somalia.

1.
Asked to remove my mask, I peeled off my face & let the world see

2.
inside, a dark made of edges. Asked how I could look myself

3.
in the mirror, I stood before a lake for days, my tongue dry

4.
stone. I drank all the water. Fish swam inside me

5.
for weeks. Tadpoles shot out my eyes in my sleep. Asked how I could dream

6.
of men, their waltzing legs, the forty-one sharp cheeks blushing in the candle

7.
-lit dark, in México, the forty-one abdomens soaking a river with their shame

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-less loving, I bit out my tongue, which shot in its silence to bruise & bloody

9.
a loving

10.
man’s forehead

11.
to death in Saudi Arabia today,

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just for loving

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the dark

14.
edges in men.